Sunday, April 08, 2012

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Federal Internet Law and Policy

DHS Presentation on GPS Interference Detection,
Presentation from WSTS '12

Crowe Says No Spectrum Shortage. Really?, Verizon
Recently on Forbes blog, James Crowe, the CEO of Level 3, put forth a
novel proposal: despite what the FCC determined in its National
Broadband Plan, what the President and NTIA have said and what
motivated Congress to pass the recent spectrum legislation, James
Crowe suggests that instead of bringing more spectrum to market, the
solution to the wireless spectrum shortage is more wires.

Department of Commerce Takes Next Step in Unleashing Wireless
Broadband Revolution, NTIA
The U.S. Department of Commerce, through the National
Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), today
announced its finding that 95 megahertz (MHz) of prime spectrum could
be repurposed for wireless broadband use. Reallocation of this
spectrum would represent significant progress towards achieving

NTIA Issues Report Setting Path to Make Prime Spectrum Available, NTIA
In today's wireless world, the demand for spectrum from consumers,
businesses, and federal users continues to grow at a rapid rate. In
response to this growing demand, in June 2010, President Obama
directed the Department of Commerce, working through NTIA, to
collaborate with the FCC to make available an additional 500 megahertz
of spectrum over the next decade for commercial wireless broadband

USTelecom Vidcast: Tracking Internet Traffic, USTelecom
We've come a long way from the early days of the Internet, with nearly
200 million Americans now using broadband. Americans are not only
connecting to the high-speed Internet in increas

McDowell Raises Concern over Global Internet Policy, USTElecom
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Employee litigation against Tata gets class action status, CW
Two employees of Indian outsourcer Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
have won class action status for a lawsuit alleging that the company
made deductions from their wages in breach of their contract while
they were working in the U.S. A judge in the U.S. District Court for
the Northern District of California granted their suit class action
status on Monday.

CenturyLink Will Offer Bonded VDSL2 Up to 100 Mbps - Currently Testing
Services in Denver, DSLReports
CenturyLink, forged by the fusion of Qwest, CenturyTel and Embarq, is
one of several more rural-focused telcos that's going to have a hard
time joining the next-generation speed race and competing with faster
cable offerings. While the company's website currently lists their top
speed at 40 Mbps, most of their customers may be lucky if they get 3

Giving you more insight into your Google Account activity, Google
Every day we aim to make technology so simple and intuitive that you
stop thinking about it—we want Google to work so well, it just blends
into your life. But sometimes it's helpful to step back and take stock
of what you're doing online.

Twitter files lawsuit against alleged spammers and spam tool providers, CW
Twitter has filed a lawsuit against "five of the most aggressive tool
providers and spammers" in a federal court in San Francisco, opening a
new front in its battle against spam, it said Thursday.

Verizon Tries, Fails to Justify Forcing Landlines On DSL Users - It
Will...Improve Your Experience...Yeah That's It, DSLReports
As we noted yesterday, Verizon has decided to wind the clock back to
2005 and will no longer sell DSL services to new users without a
landline. Worse perhaps, users on existing standalone DSL lines will
be forced to add voice service (whether they wanted it or not) if they
make changes to their existing service. It's a particularly obnoxious
move for those who know the long and silly history of painfully
convincing telcos to offer standalone DSL, which at several points
required regulatory intervention.

"Six Strikes" Copyright Alert system names surprisingly good advisors,
Ars Technica
The Center for Copyright Information, the organization tasked with
overseeing a new anti-piracy scheme negotiated by the nation's leading
content companies and ISPs last summer, began to take shape Monday as
the organization announced its executive director and several members
of its advisory board. The picks suggest that the architects of the
"Copyright Alert" system may be making a serious effort to strike a
balance between the interests of copyright holders and the rights of

Chris Dodd 'Confident' Obama Administration Working On Next SOPA, Forbes
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, former Senator and
current MPAA chief Chris Dodd said he was "confident" that Obama
supports the entertainment industry's attempts to crack down on online
piracy, and that he's sure that the president is "using his good
relationships in both communities " to push talks forward about
replacement legislation for the defeated SOPA and PIPA bills.

Why Bob Woodward is wrong about the internet and journalism, Gigaom
Anyone who has followed the media for the past half century or so
knows that Bob Woodward is a giant in the field, one half of the
legendary investigative team of Woodward and Bernstein — a man who
helped to bring down a U.S. president and defined a generational shift
in the practice of journalism. In other words, someone whose opinions
on the craft of

Xfinity on Demand on Xbox and Your Xfinity Internet Service, Comcast
Recently, some blogs noted that our forthcoming Xfinity TV on Xbox
service won't count toward your data usage threshold from our product
FAQs. People want to understand why that is and we want to explain how
it works here on Comcast Voices.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Washington Advocacy Run Amok, NCTA
Given all of this I am bemused and disappointed to see the advocacy
group, Public Knowledge, scream with alarm this week that somehow this
new service raises questions about the survival of the open Internet.

Coming Soon to YouTube and Google Play: Hundreds of Movies from
Paramount Pictures, Youtube
When it comes to movie rentals, we've been focused on adding as many
of your favorite movies as possible. Today we're pleased to announce a
new licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures which will bring
nearly 500 new movie titles to YouTube and Google Play over the next
few weeks to people in the U.S. and Canada.

It was an exceptionally beautiful afternoon in Brussels but that
didn't keep folks from piling into a crowded room at the Renaissance
Brussels Hotel for EIF's Special Event on Cloud Computing on 27 March.
Previously that afternoon many had availed themselves of the chance to
tour Microsoft's Brussels-based Cloud & Interoperability Centre.
Afterwards everyone hunkered down for what proved to be an interesting
and intense afternoon of dialogue.

NARUC Sees Positives in FCC Reform Legislation, Urges Advancement on
Bipartisan Proposals, NARUC
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued
the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the
Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act:

AT&T on House Passage of FCC Reform Legislation, AT&T
"We congratulate Committee Chairman Upton and Subcommittee Chairman
Walden for their leadership in crafting this important, common-sense
effort to reform current FCC practices, many of which predate the
agency's current leadership. Passage by the House is a needed step
forward, and is also an important signal of support for modernizing

Walden, Stearns Underscore Need for FCC Process Reform, House Commerce
Backlog Update Reveals Over 10,000 Items Still Pending at FCC

ICYMI: Walden on Reforming FCC to Unleash Innovation, House Commerce
no description

If your account is subpoenaed, Facebook sends police, well, everything, CNET
The Boston police department releases documents related to the
so-called Craigslist Killer. Among those is the material released by
Facebook under subpoena. It seems to include the whole of the killer's
Facebook history.

CDT: Cybersecurity bills raise major civil liberties concerns, CW
A group of cybersecurity bills that the U.S. Congress may soon vote on
contain serious privacy and civil liberties flaws, with some of the
bills allowing private companies to share a wide range of their
customers' online communications with government agencies, the Center
for Democracy and Technology said.

Local Cops Following Big Brother's Lead, Getting Cell Phone Location
Data Without a Warrant, EFF
New data from law enforcement agencies across the country has
confirmed what EFF has long been afraid of: while police are routinely
using cell phone location tracking information, only a handful of
agencies are bothering to obtain search warrants.

Botnet goes on Mac attack, CNET
Trojan strikes Mac users, while Facebook strikes back at Yahoo with a
patent suit of its own.

Researchers Confirm Flashback Trojan Infects 600,000 Macs, Used For
Click Fraud, Forbes
For anyone who doubted that Apple's long grace period with
cybercriminals is over, doubt no more: On Friday, researchers at
Russian antivirus firm Kaspersky confirmed findings from another
security firm earlier this week that more than 600,000 computers
running Mac's OSX are infected with the Flashback botnet, and half of

Anonymous Disrupts UK Government Sites, CW
Three UK government websites, including one for the country's Prime
Minister, were attacked by the hacker collective Anonymous late
Saturday night in protest of extradition of British citizens to the
United States and of a proposed law to broaden the snooping powers of
the government there.

Facebook ID theft threat impacts all iPhones, Dropbox, CNET
A new development in the Facebook vulnerability discussion reveals
that the trouble impacts all iPhones and not just jailbroken handsets.

Shutting down spammers, Twitter
Twitter continues to grow at a record pace -- we now have 140 million
active users and more than 340 million Tweets each day. As our reach
expands, we become a more attractive target for spammers. While spam
is a small fraction of the incredible content you can find on Twitter,
we know just how distracting it can be.

Text Message Spam, Difficult to Stop, Is a Growing Menace, NYT
Cellphone customers received roughly 4.5 billion spam texts last year,
twice as many as in 2009, and remedies to the growing menace are few.

Arizona Outl a w i n g T r o l l s & , IPJ
The State of Arizona is considering legislation that would outlaw
Internet trolling. Arizona House Bill 2549 would make it unlawful to
use any electronic or digital device with the intent to "harass,
annoy, or offend" another. A violation of the bill, which is intended
to curb online bullying, would be a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by
a fine of up to $2,500 and six

The Day The Public Interest Died: Media Access Project Shuts Its Doors
After 40 Years of Public Service, Wetmachine
Outside of our small world of telecom wonkery, few will notice that my
old employer, The Media Access Project, announced that it will cease
operations on May 1. After 40 years of fighting to protect the public
interest, including …

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