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CyberTelecom News Weekly
Federal Internet Law and Policy
"That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its
development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no
improvements of a radical nature have been introduced." Scientific
American (Jan. 2, 1909)

White House Looks to Ignite Broadband Innovation, Deployment,
Broadband For America
Broadband for America members Comcast and Verizon are combining forces
with The White House and nearly 100 other government, industry and
nonprofit organizations to launch a new initiative called US Ignite.

Internet2 Statement Regarding Launch of US Ignite, Internet2`

Making Broadband Construction Faster and Cheaper, White House
Tomorrow, the President will sign an Executive Order to make broadband
construction along Federal roadways and properties up to 90 percent
cheaper and more efficient. Currently, the procedures for approving
broadband infrastructure projects on properties controlled or managed
by the Federal Government—including large tracts of land, roadways,
and more than 10,000 buildings across the Nation—vary depending on
which agency manages the property. The new Executive Order will ensure
that agencies charged with managing Federal properties and roads take
specific steps to adopt a uniform approach for allowing broadband
carriers to build networks on those assets. It will also allow
service providers to deploy broadband while roads are under
construction, a practice that hugely cuts costs.

Obama order targets cost of broadband deployment, CW
U.S. President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Thursday
intended to make it less expensive for broadband providers to install
lines and equipment on federal lands and also federal roads.

Notice of open meeting, NTIA
Announces a public meeting of the Commerce Spectrum Management
Advisory Committee (Committee) to be held on July 24, 2012, from 1:30
p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mountain Daylight Savings Time.

"I applaud the networks' commitment to empower parents. With our
rapidly changing media marketplace, it is vital parents have tools to
help them make informed choices."

Geoffrey Stone, WikiLeaks and the First Amendment, FCLJ
In November 2010, Julian Assange's WikiLeaks collaborated with major
media organizations to release thousands of classified U.S. State
Department documents. American soldier Bradley Manning stands accused
of leaking those documents to the website. In

(Don't) Blame the Messenger: What to Do about National Security Leaks,
Citizens Media Law Project
Lately I have been following the discussion about the most recent
series of national security leaks, including those that detailed the
White House's terrorist "kill lists," the foiling of a terrorist plot
by a double agent in Yemen, and cyberattacks against Iran. Outrage
about leaks is hardly new. Neither are leaks. (See my prior article
detailing the long history of leaks in this country.) What is new is
that the outrage this time around seems

Adam Candeub and Daniel McCartney, Law and the Open Internet, FCLJ
The FCC has issued a new set of Internet access regulations and
policies (namely Preserving the Open Internet Broadband Industry
Practices, Report and Order, FCC 10-201, rel. Dec. 23, 2010), which
would prohibit broadband service providers like AT&T or Comcast from
discriminating against unaffiliated content providers. The

The Battle For Net Neutrality Flares Up Again: But Which Countries
Still Have It?, Techdirt
Net Neutrality has suddenly become a hot topic again. Partly, that's
thanks to some awful ideas about regulating the Internet coming from
the International Telecommunication Union, notably those proposed by
the ETNO -- the European Telecommunications Network Operators
Association -- discussed recently on Techdirt. New information from
WCITLeaks Wikileaks (found via the Net neutrality in Europe site)
provides us

Tales from a Cybersquatting Law Lawsuit, Cybersquatting & Domain Disputes
Now the first thing you need to know is that the ACPA, the
Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, has a very limited number
of cases that have been decided under it. The language of the statute
is fairly clear, but, as...

UN Internet Takeover Rumours Mask Bigger Governance Shortcomings, Michael Geist
In recent months the Internet has been buzzing about the prospect of a
United Nations "takeover" of the Internet, including responsibility
for governance of the domain name system. The concern hit a fever
pitch late last month when the U.S. Congress held hearings on the
issue. A steady stream of technology companies and consumer groups
expressed fears with potential U.N. and foreign government involvement

Why the new domain-name lottery is a train wreck, Gigaom
In case you missed all of the hullabaloo, the internet is about to get
a whole lot bigger — or noisier and more confusing, depending on how
you look at it. That's because ICANN, the non-profit agency that
controls the internet address system, has decided to expand the
existing catalogue of names that can be used in web addresses so that
it can add hundreds of new "top-level domains." Do we really need
addresses that end in .beer

Does the ITU Want to Regulate the Internet?, Telefrieden
Remarkably the International Telecommunication Union ("ITU") has flown
under the radar scope of critics. This specialized United Nations
agency does have a substantial impact on telecommunications, spectrum
management and the Internet. Wireless carriers in the United States
can blame the FCC all they want for spectrum scarcity, but the true
originator of spectrum allocation decisions typically is the ITU.
Nations usually

Who should govern the internet?, BBC
A debate is raging over who should govern the net

IPv6 All the Way Down, ICANN
In the past we've talked about how the Internet's key infrastructure
has been getting ready for IPv6. In 2004, the first IPv6 glue was
added to the root DNS zone for .JP and .KR but when you look at a part
of the root zone today – the part related to ccTLDs derived from the
ISO-3166-1 list – you can see that a huge proportion of TLD operators
are ready for IPv6.

Internet Addresses Get More Space With New Protocol, NPR
Even on the Internet, 4.3 billion just wasn't enough; 340 undecillion
is more like it. That's 340 trillion trillion trillion, the new
capacity of available Internet addresses, thanks to IPv6, the next
generation protocol that launched this past week. Weekend
EditionSunday host Rachel Martin talks with CNET senior writer Stephen
Shankland to put it all in perspective.

FBI, DEA warn IPv6 could shield criminals from police, CNET
FBI, DEA, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police say IPv6 may erode their
ability to trace Internet addresses -- and warn new laws may be
necessary if industry doesn't do more.

Leading Internet prognosticator still pessimistic about IPv6, CW
Geoff Huston, an Australian researcher whose predictions about IPv4
depletion dates have proven uncannily accurate over the years, is
still not certain that IPv6 will get deployed in time to avert an
addressing crisis across the Internet.

The Power of Open Education Data, White House
On Tuesday, Vice President Biden, U.S. Education Department Secretary
Arne Duncan, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard
Cordray hosted a roundtable with college presidents who pledged to
provide clear, useful information to all incoming college students and
their families, as part of their financial aid package, so that they
can "know before they owe."

If We Build It, They Can't Come, Level3
For years, Level 3 has objected to the major incumbent telcos use of
"demand lock up" arrangements in the market for special access
services. The incumbent phone companies use and maintain their
dominance in the special access market to demand that their customers
commit to buy as much as 90 percent or more of their wired connections
from these incumbents. Customers that refuse are denied access to

Lawmakers want FCC to bail out LightSquared with military spectrum,
Ars Technica
A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants the Federal Communications
Commission to salvage LightSquared's seemingly doomed plan to build a
4G LTE network by letting the company trade its spectrum for more
suitable airwaves controlled by the Department of Defense.

The LightSquared Show Will Continue a Little Longer - Deal With
Lenders Keeps Company Afloat a Little Longer, DSLReports
With no product and no necessary FCC waiver to offer service,
LightSquared is for all intents and purposes dead -- they just don't
really know it yet. This week the company lobbied a few lawmakers in a
last ditch and likely futile effort to get Uncle Sam to swap out their
miserable, GPS-interference-causing spectrum holdings with some of the
spectrum currently held by the Department of Defense. Now LightSquared

Bankrupt LightSquared's Drama Drags On -- And Markets Move On, Forbes
Last time we checked in with LightSquared, its sad saga suggested why
crony capitalism might be here to stay. Philip Falcone, I remarked,
sounded "like some of the less sympathetic Occupy protestors who have
complained that even though they went through the motions prescribed
by the system, the system failed them."

Is the U.N. Trying to Tax the Internet?, Forbes
So are they or aren't they?

Debunking Rumors of an Internet Takeover, NYT
In the blogosphere, many conspiracy theorists fear that China, Russia
or some other country is plotting to win control of the Internet. The
problem is, there is no evidence of such a takeover.

US Continues To Try To Block Megaupload From Using Its Lawyers,
Pretends It Has Jurisdiction Over The World, Techdirt
Following some filings by Megaupload's lawyers in the US, the US
Attorneys office has shot back, asking the court to deny all of the
company's requests. And, it goes even further than that: seeking to
deny Megaupload the ability to use the topnotch lawyers it hired. This
part is not new. Back in April, it sought to block Megaupload from
hiring Andrew Schapiro from Quinn Emanuel, arguing that there's a
"conflict of interest" because the

Former Federal Judge Calls US Prosecution Of Megaupload 'Really
Outrageous', Techdirt
To hear folks in Hollywood talk about it, the US's indictment and
prosecution of Megaupload are a done deal. Without any actual trial,
people have decided that the company is clearly 100% evil and guilty.
Yet, as we keep noting, the details of the indictment and prosecution
keep turning up significant errors on the part of the US, as well as
questions about the legality of what the US did. And plenty of people
who really understand this

Funnyjunk Lawyer Being Mocked Mercilessly, Makes Things Worse By
Trying To Shut Down The Oatmeal's Fundraiser, Techdirt
As the famous saying goes, when you are in a hole, stop digging.
Someone might want to send that message to lawyer Charles Carreon, who
has (legitimately) worked on some good cases in the past. However, for
reasons that are confusing even his friends, he seems to be trying to
respond to a big mistake by hinting at an even bigger one. As you have
probably heard -- since it's all over the freaking internet -- there's
a little fight going

Holder In The Hot Seat, Still Can't Explain Why DOJ Censored Hip Hop
Blog, Techdirt
Back in December, right after it came out that the Justice Department
had seized and censored a hip hop blog for over a year and then gave
it back, effectively admitting that there was no legal basis for the
censorship, Rep. Zoe Lofgren asked Attorney General Eric Holder about

DOJ Realizes That Comcast & Time Warner Are Trying To Prop Up Cable By
Holding Back Hulu & Netflix, Techdirt
For quite some time now, we've been reporting on how the big
television players were so upset that Hulu and Netflix were dragging
them kicking and screaming into the 21st century (even though they
owned Hulu) that they were working on plans to kill off both services
-- or at least cripple them. Mostly, what this goes back to is the
inevitable fact that the internet is going to subsume television. But,
these days, there's so much money

Why Comcast will Vehemently Fight a DOJ Investigation, CircleID
If your company becomes a huge dominate market player in both
broadband and content delivery, scrutiny will come your way, like it
or not. Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has been so successful in building
both a content and delivery system to such a mass audience; it's
beginning to look like former monopolies which grew unwanted
investigations and break-ups in the 1980's. Remember AT&T and the DOJ
anti-trust decision to

Red Green Show Thrives Thanks To The Internet And A Whole Lot Of Duct
Tape, Techdirt
This one is a tad old, but it is certainly worth sharing. A while
back, Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) sent in this great interview with
Steve Smith, the creative mind and star of the Red Green Show. This
show, for those who are not familiar with it, is the amalgamation of
comedy, handyman,

Guide to Tech News Podcasts, Cybertelecom
Does anyone still listen to podcasts (you know, as in iPod). Podcasts
are on demand audio files; you subscribe to the audio feed through an
RSS feed or through itunes so that each time there is a new show, it
magically appears through the wonders of technology on your thingy.
Lots of tech

NIST Computer Security Division 800-146, Cloud Computing Synopsis and
Recommendations, NIST
The final version of NIST Special Publication 800-146, Cloud Computing
Synopsis and Recommendations is NIST's general guide to cloud
computing. It explains cloud systems in plain language and provides
recommendations for information technology decision makers ranging
from chief information officers, information systems developers,
system and network administrators, information

Spokeo to Pay $800,000 to Settle FTC Charges Company Allegedly
Marketed Information to Employers and Recruiters in Violation of FCRA,
Spokeo, Inc., a data broker that compiles and sells detailed
information profiles on millions of consumers, will pay $800,000 to
settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it marketed the profiles
to companies in the human resources, background screening, and
recruiting industries without taking steps to protect consumers
required under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Banning Kids from Facebook is Like Banning Kids from Parks & Shopping
Malls, TLF
In my most recent weekly Forbes column, "Common Sense About Kids,
Facebook & The Net," I consider the wisdom of an online petition that
the child safety advocacy group Common Sense Media is pushing, which
demands that Facebook give up any thought of letting kids under the
age of 13 on the site. "There is absolutely no proof of any meaningful
social or educational value of Facebook for children under 13," their
petition insists.

Department of Homeland Security Exempts Massive Database from Privacy Act, EPIC
The Department of Homeland Security issued a final rule exempting its
Operations System from various Privacy Act safeguards, including
provisions that permit individuals to access information about them
held by the agency. The system "fuses" information from many sources
which the agency uses for investigatory purposes. There are over
twenty categories of data, including social security numbers,
citizenship, medical

Regulators Must Remain Vigilant, Ask Tough Questions in Cyber Debate:
With the electric-utility sector focusing on cybersecurity
protections, State public service commissioners must remain vigilant
and ask effective questions as regulated utilities make critical
investments, a new paper from the National Association of Regulatory
Utility Commissioners concludes.

With FBI snooping on social media, how to protect privacy, CNET
The FBI is finding new ways to eavesdrop by intercepting Internet,
wireless, and VoIP communications. CNET's Sumi Das breaks down what
you need to know.

Alleged Lulzsec member, Ryan Cleary, indicted in U.S., CW
A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted Ryan Cleary, a British citizen,
accusing him of orchestrating a hacking rampage last year that
victimized Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fox Entertainment Group and

$422,000 to stream a movie? The continued "success" of phone cramming,
Ars Technica
If you were watching Mulholland Drive on your phone, it probably
wasn't through Streaming Flix.

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