Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Upton, Walden, and Stearns Statement on LightSquared/GPS Investigation, House Commerce

Recent events underscore the need for answers from the FCC


FCC wants to know if Verizon is warehousing spectrum, Gigaom

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is curious why Verizon Wireless bought a bunch of 4G spectrum back in 2008 but now plans to sell it, just because some better airwaves have come along. In a letter to Verizon, FCC Wireless Bureau Chief Rick Kaplan asked Verizon some pointed questions about its proposed sale of A-block and B-block 700 MHz licenses, and though he never mentioned the word "warehousing," that was the certainly the direction his queries were heading.


Comcast denies favoring Xfinity video content, CNET

Cable giant says streaming arrangement with Xbox game consoles is in compliance with the FCC's Open Internet rules.


Comcast Denies Own Traffic Prioritization - Insists They're Fully Adhering to NBC Universal Conditions, DSLReports

Just when the network neutrality debate appeared to have resigned itself to a dark corner, the revelation that Comcast was exempting Comcast TV content over Xbox 360 traffic from its bandwidth cap rekindled the entire debate. Comcast claims they're simply treating the Xbox 360 as other set top, while competitors like Netflix claim it gives them an unfair advantage in streaming video offerings. "The same device, the same IP address, the same wifi, the same internet connection, but totally different


Netflix to Comcast: Raising the cap is not enough, Gigaom

Thought Netflix and Comcast would kiss and make up after the broadband provider announced today that it would raise its bandwidth cap from 250GB to 300GB per month? Think again.


FCC Boss: No Network Neutrality Complaints - May Push for Title II ISP Reclassification if Rules Overturned, DSLReports

Speaking to Congress this week, FCC Boss Julius Genachowski stated that the agency hasn't received a single net neutrality complaint since the FCC's neutrality rules went into effect late last year. Part of that is because the rules don't do very much, failing to cover wireless in any meaningful way, while allowing pretty much any


Comcast to begin trials to expand Internet data caps, WAPO

Comcast said Thursday it will test new Internet data caps, expanding its lowest tier to 300 gigabytes a month from 250 gigabytes of data. It will charge an additional $10 for every additional 50 gigabytes of data on top of the basic tier when purchased up-front.


Comcast capitulates on cap, but dodges the net neutrality issue, Gigaom

Comcast plans to raise its broadband cap to 300 GB per month as it trials two new ways to deal with managing traffic on its network, the nation's largest cable operator said in a blog post today. The move is a welcome one for those who have hit the existing 250 GB cap, but it neglects to address some of the earlier complaints that have


Hargrave v. CHIEF ASIAN, LLC, Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit 2012, Fed Court

Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act claim dismissed where plaintiff "submitted evidence that established that he was not the owner of the contested mark."


ARIN IPv4 Countdown Plan, ARIN

On 23 April 2012 during ARIN XXIX in Vancouver, Leslie Nobile, Director of Registration Services gave a presentation on ARIN's plan to manage the distribution of its remaining IPv4 address pool.


Countdown to IPv6, FCC

What if I told you that the world was running out of postal addresses or phone numbers, and that, in less than two months, many companies you regularly do business with will have a new system of contact information?  You'd want to learn more about this system and perhaps make a few preparations, right?  Such a big transition is not happening for postal addresses or phone numbers, but something close to that is happening for Internet addresses.


Facebook IPO With ~10 Billion War Chest Could Just Buy Apple And Grow, Forbes

The Facebook IPO will deposit somewhere between six and 20 billion dollars into cash. Facebook could ignore all the naysayers (about how this IPO is the most foolish in the history of IPOs) and just buy a huge position in Apple and see its stock appreciate.


Here Are 10 Reasons Not to Buy Facebook Before You Buy It Anyway, WSJ

David Weidner offers 10 reasons not to buy Facebook shares, though he acknowledges he won't be able to persuade investors not to buy.


Facebook co-founder Saverin targeted by U.S. senators for tax 'avoidance scheme', WAPO

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin has come under increased scrutiny following news that he had renounced his U.S. citizenship to become a resident of Singapore.


Study: You're not clicking on Facebook ads -- and you never will, CNET

Greenlight, a digital-marketing agency, says that 44 percent of survey respondents said they "never" click on ads on the social network.


Facebook is a fad, say half of people polled, CNET

Half of Americans surveyed by the AP and CNBC see the social network as a fad, while half believe the asking price of its IPO is too high.


This Week in Internet Censorship: India, Iran, Brazil, Russia, and More, EFF

Iran Continues March Towards "Halal Internet"


Iran to Google: Fix your map, or we'll sue, CNET

Google has removed the tag identifying the Persian Gulf from its popular mapping service, angering the Iranian government. Tehran says it will sue the search giant.


Iran curtails use of foreign e-mail providers, CNET

Banks, insurance firms, telephone companies, and their customers can no longer send e-mail from foreign-based addresses, restricting such services as Gmail and Hotmail.


U.S. Law Professors Cast Further Doubt on ACTA's Constitutionality - State Department Confirms No ACTA Pre-Review, EFF

Fifty leading U.S. legal scholars cast fresh doubt on the constitutionality of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in an open letter to the Senate Finance Committee today. (Press Release). At issue is whether the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) had authority to enter into the controversial IP enforcement agreement on behalf of the United States when the Deputy U.S. Trade Ambassador signed ACTA in October 2011. The law professors say no, and call on the Senators


ACTA deathwatch: profs call process unconstitutional, Europe revolts, Ars Technica

Just when you thought that everyone was content to let debates about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) simmer down, a group of Ame


Who Needs SOPA When Courts Will Pretend SOPA Already Exists?, Techdirt

Back in November, we wrote about one of a series of cases we had seen where trademark holders were going to court with a list of domain names that they insisted were selling counterfeit goods and getting the courts to issue injunctions that appeared to be quite similar to what SOPA would have allowed had it passed. That is,


Measuring IPv6 at the Network and the Customer Level, CircleID

George Michaelson, APNIC's Senior Research and Development Scientist recently visited the RIPE NCC to collaborate on various research projects with his RIR colleagues. IPv6 measurements were one of the topics we looked at.


Press Freedom in an Age of Networked Journalism; Making large volunteer-driven projects sustainable; Interop Book Launch, Berkman Center

What does a public right to hear mean in networked environments and why does it matter? In this talk I'll describe how a public right to hear has historically and implicitly underpinned the U.S. press's claims to


Rockefeller Remarks on Oversight of the FCC, Senate Commerce

It is a pleasure to welcome our witnesses today – all FIVE members of the Federal Communications Commission. I want to say a special word of welcome to the two newest members of the FCC – Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai. You are both excellent additions to the Commission, and I know your colleagues share my enthusiasm for having you on board. Today's hearing gives Committee members an opportunity to convey our priorities and to hear from you about your efforts to protect consumers and carry out the public interest.


Location-Based Services Grow in Popularity, Pew

The number of people who use "geosocial" location-based services like Foursquare has more than doubled in the last year, according to a Friday report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.


A Survey Shows Why Your Personal Data Is at Risk, Forbes

In its June issue, Consumer Reports provides suggestions for protecting your online privacy.


5th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference, TAP

Co-organized by UC Berkeley Law and GWU Law


Judge dismisses piracy suits, says IP address doesn't confirm state, CNET

The ruling is a blow to 15 piracy lawsuits in California seeking to identify the location of BitTorrent users based on IP address.


DOJ Argues Forcefully For Your Right To Photograph And Videotape Law Enforcement, Techdirt

This is a bit surprising, but also nice to see. We've been covering a bunch of cases involving law enforcement -- mainly local police -- harassing and often arresting people who film them in public. Thankfully, we've recently had some very good appeals court rulings -- one in the First Circuit and another in the Seventh Circuit clearly stating that filming police is protected activity. And yet... we keep hearing about such cases.


DHS Considers Collecting DNA From Kids; DEA and US Marshals Already Do, EFF

Documents just released by US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) in response to one of EFF's Freedom of Information Act requests show that DHS is considering collecting DNA from kids ages 14 and up—and is exploring expanding its regulations to allow collection from kids younger than that.


Bashaw v. Johnson, Dist. Court, D. Kansas 2012, Fed Court

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act counterclaim dismissed: "Defendant conclusorily alleges in this counterclaim that he "has been damaged" but he does not assert the nature of such damage. In his submissions on the motion, he claims that he suffered damages because "data was erased." No where in his submissions or his counterclaim complaint does defendant identify the data that was allegedly erased. "


Fearmongering About Cyberwar And Cybersecurity Is Working: American Public Very, Very Afraid, Techdirt

Well, it looks like all the fearmongering about hackers shutting down electrical grids and making planes fall from the sky is working. No matter that there's no evidence of any actual risk, or that the only real issue is if anyone is stupid enough to actually connect such critical infrastructure to the internet (the proper response to which is:


Feds Catch Their Illegal Limit In Operation Phish Phry, Forbes

Operation Phish Phry, a multinational investigation conducted in the United States and Egypt that commenced in 2007, revealed how Egyptian-based hackers "phished" bank account numbers and related personal identification information from an unknown number of bank customers.  The victims were usually contacted by what seemed to them an official email from banks or credit card vendors. The communication directed the recipients to fake financial institution websites, which looked like the real


After a decade of Windows malware, do you feel any safer?, CNET

After a rash of Windows-related malware, Microsoft took Bill Gates' urging in 2002 to make security more of a priority. How trustworthy is your computing these days?


FCC Query: How Much Free Internet Does it Take to Get Consumers Hooked?, CommLawBlog

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