Sunday, September 16, 2012

9.16 :: TPRC Nxt Weekend :: Killing the Copper :: Google Should Celebrate :: An American Saga :: I'm Concerned :: The $9250 Solution :: Playing Dumb ::

CyberTelecom News  Weekly
Federal Internet Law and Policy :: An Educational Project

"There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States." T. Craven, FCC Commissioner (1961)  

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Will The Program Access Rules Expire On October 5?, Tales From the Sausage Factory :: Keyword: [Broadband]
Back in March, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on whether to extend the “program access rules” for another five years, either as they exist now or in some modified form. For those unfamiliar with the program access …

Killing the copper and income inequality, Susan Crawford :: Keyword: [Broadband]
A hundred years ago, America decided that everyone was entitled to an affordable telephone line. Now some Americans (thanks to muni bright spots and other efforts) are making the upgrade to a fiber-to-the-home connection – the new global standard, the replacement for a standard general-purpose telephone line. But the policies

Internet Exchange Points in Canada: a roadmap, CIRA :: Keyword: [Backbone]
I think most of the regular readers of this blog know that I am a proponent of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs). Fundamentally, an IXP is a local network bridge that results in local network traffic taking shorter, faster paths between member networks.

Google Fiber is coming to 90% of eligible Kansas City neighborhoods, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Fiber]
Google should celebrate — if it considers getting ready to spend a few hundred million in capital expenditures reason to celebrate — because as of Sunday night, it has pre-registered enough people in Kansas City to deploy its gigabit fiber to the home network to 180 out of its 202 “fiberhoods.”

Intercepting WiFi signals is not a violation of ECPA

Where the Wiretap Act and WiFi Collide :: #ECPA :: IN RE INNOVATIO IP VENTURES, LLC PATENT LITIGATION, Cybertelecom :: Keyword: [WiFi]
Is it a violation of the Wiretap Act to intercept data transmitted over a WiFi network? Good question. Recently Google got snared by this question when its Street View Car was reportedly going around mapping all the roads while intercepting data from WiFi networks. A court considering the Google Street View situation was not

Cyberbullying Summit Set for Today at Microsoft, Microsoft :: Keyword: [Child]
As any parent knows, a large portion of our kids’ social lives has moved online. Like their over-the-phone chats, most of teens’ electronic conversations are innocuous. But some digital interactions, including when kids are the victims or perpetrators of cyberbullying, can be 

Hare v. Richie, DCMD 2012: Sec. 230 Mot Dismiss Denied, Cybertelecom :: Keyword: [47 U.S.C. § 230]
Hare v. Richie, DCMD 2012: Motion to Dismiss on 47 USC 230 grounds denied where web site added potentially actionable comments at the end of third party posts. "In passing section 230, Congress sought to spare interactive computer services this grim choice by allowing them to perform some editing on user-generated content without thereby becoming liable for all defamatory or otherwise

John Berresford, Network Neutrality: An American Saga, SSRN :: Keyword: [Net Neutrality]
The goals are make the greatest issue in communications policy, Network Neutrality, comprehensible to the educated layperson. I explain how the issue arose and where it stands now, and give some historical perspective on how this country will resolve it. 

FCC defends its "trojan horse" approach to net neutrality, Ars Technica :: Keyword: [Neutral]
This "ancillary jurisdiction" argument has been greeted with skepticism not only by Verizon, but also by the network neutrality supporters at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). EFF has warned that the FCC's argument is a "trojan horse" that could be used down the road to justify unilateral FCC regulation of topics such as online indecency or even piracy.

FCC Defends Net Neutrality, Says Verizon Is No Internet Editor, Free Press :: Keyword: [Net Neutrality]
Telephone and cable companies keep dreaming up new ways to close down your access to the Internet. This week, the court case over the Federal Communications Commission rules designed to prevent that kind of behavior moved to its next phase.

FCC Chairman: I’m concerned about data caps, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Tiers]
Has FCC chairman Julius Genachowski changed his mind on the acceptability of data caps? As far back as 2010 he defended the idea of wireline ISPs using broadband usage caps as part of the network neutrality order and did so again in May at The Cable Show when he reiterated the position. The chairman has said he

GoDaddy: Outage not result of a hack, CNN :: Keyword: [DNS]
The GoDaddy outage saga continues.

In Which the Court Finds a "Get Out of #ACPA Cause of Action Free Card" - AIRFX.COM v AirFX LLC DCAz 2012, Cybertelecom :: Keyword: [ACPA]
So apparently in Arizona you can beat an AntiCybersquatter Consumer Protection Act cause of action if your domain name registration dates back before the registration of the trademark. AIRFX. COM v. AirFX LLC, Dist. Court, D. Arizona 2012. Well, okay, that makes sense at first blush. It would be kind of hard to

Report on Consumer Protection in Online and Mobile Payments (OECD Digital Economy Paper 204), OECD :: Keyword: [eCommerce]
An examination of payments issues is taking place in the context of the review of the OECD’s 1999 guidelines on e-commerce. This report looks at what might need to be amplified or revised to enhance consumer trust and adoption of new and emerging online and mobile payment mechanisms. It reflects contributions made by national delegations, business and civil society.

10 Surprising Facts About Online Sales Taxes, Forbes :: Keyword: [Tax]
If you are already paying sales tax on all your internet purchases you’re probably in the minority. Sure, a number of states now have an Amazon tax. Plus, there are more taxes coming online (sorry) all the time. But if you add all your tax-free online purchases to everyone else’s in America, how much is it?

Huawei Plans to Spend $2 Billion in U.K., WSJ :: Keyword: [Huawei]
Huawei Technologies plans to spend a total of $2 billion in the U.K. on investment and local procurement and double its workforce there over the next five years.

Huawei and ZTE face congressional grilling, FT :: Keyword: [Huawei]
Executives from the Chinese telecommunications equipment groups deny their companies have strong ties to Beijing or pose a security risk

Huawei investing £1.3bn in the UK, BBC :: Keyword: [Huawei]
Chinese telecoms and computer network giant Huawei Technologies is to invest £1.3bn in expanding its UK operations.

EarthLink plans fixed and mobile wireless services over Clearwire's 4G networks, CW :: Keyword: [Earthlink]
EarthLink will resell wireless broadband on Clearwire's WiMax network starting early next year and later will launch a service based on that company's planned LTE network.

Obama’s FTC pick has sided with Google, WAPO :: Keyword: [Google]
President Obama’s pick for the Federal Trade Commission is an antitrust scholar who last year criticized the agency’s case against Google.

Twitter ordered to turn over user data or face fine, CNET :: Keyword: [Twitter]
A judge tells the microblogging site to produce information about an Occupy Wall Street protester's tweets -- or its last two quarterly reports. [Read more]

Failing to Understand the Needs of the 21st Century: The TPP and the Notice-and-Takedown System, PK :: Keyword: [Copyright]
One of the ways that the TPP fails to accommodate the needs of 21st century technology is by locking the US into its current rules for when online service providers should be liable for others’ infringement, in addition to subtly chipping away at the protections given to online service providers.

"Six strikes" Internet warning system will come to US this year, Ars Technica :: Keyword: [Copyright]
Even as France looks set to scrap its three-strikes antipiracy scheme known as HADOPI, US Internet providers are inching forward with their milder "six strikes" program. But the head of that effort says the system is about education, and it is coming by the end of the year.

Appeals Court Upholds $9,250 Per Song Penalty in Filesharing Case, Says Constitution Doesn't Limit Penalties, EFF :: Keyword: [P2P]
The damages provisions of copyright law - up to $150,000 per infringed work without any proof of harm - are crazy. And according to the federal appeals court in Minnesota, the Constitution does not restore sanity. This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld the original jury verdict against Jammie Thomas-

Minnesota file-sharer loses appeal, must pay $222,000, Ars Technica :: Keyword: [P2P]
A three-judge panel on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit ruled (PDF) Tuesday in the case of a Minnesota woman, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who has been fighting music piracy legal battles since 2007. When it began, the case was the first trial involving unauthorized file-sharing of intellectual property heard by a jury in the United States.

File-sharer will take RIAA case to Supreme Court, Ars Technica :: Keyword: [P2P]
Jammie Thomas-Rasset and her legal team are headed—they hope—for the Supreme Court.

125 Years Since the Interstate Commerce Act, Marq. L. Rev. :: Keyword: [FCC]

Diary helps tell Colossus story, BBC :: Keyword: [History]
Personal effects from the creator of the pioneering Colossus computer will soon go on display at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.

NTIA Cancels Meeting To Allow for Fact Gathering, Daily Dashboard :: Keyword: [Privacy]
Broadcasting & Cable reports that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has cancelled its September 19 stakeholder meeting to allow stakeholders to meet with app developers for informal briefings first. One such briefing will occur September 19. At the NTIA’s August 29 meeting, the second of a series

DHS / NIST RFC :: Developing a Capability Framework for a Healthy and Resilient Cyber Ecosystem Using Automated Collective Action, Cybertelecom :: Keyword: [Security]
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION – RFI-OPO-12-0002 TITLE: Developing a Capability Framework for a Healthy and Resilient Cyber Ecosystem Using Automated Collective Action AGENCIES: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate in conjunction with U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology Issued: September 10, 2012

House Extends Warrantless Surveillance Law, CDT :: Keyword: [Big Brother]
Over the objections of an array of privacy groups, the House voted to extend the law permitting the government to eavesdrop on international communications--such as email and phone calls--between U.S. citizens and individuals "reasonably believed to be" foreigners living outside the U.S.

Taliban said to use Facebook to gather info on soldiers, CNET :: Keyword: [Surveillance]
The Australian Department of Defense says that the Taliban is creating fake Facebook profiles with photos of attractive women to lure in and acquire information from soldiers.

Fight over FISA Amendments Act Moves to the Senate, as the House Passes the Broad, Warrantless Spying Bill, EFF :: Keyword: [FISA]
Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to renew the dangerous FISA Amendment Act—which hands the NSA broad, warrantless surveillance powers over Americans’ international communications—for another five years. Sadly, the House refused to add any new oversight powers or privacy protections, despite ample 

FCC Plays Dumb, Points Fingers Over Broadband Tax - FCC Disavows Idea as Press Notices New Levy, DSLReports :: Keyword: [USF]
As we noted back in March, our new national broadband plan involves reconfiguring the Universal Service Fund (USF) so that money paid into it is put toward broadband expansion (currently the funds only address school broadband and rural phone connectivity). It also involved increasing consumer broadband fees, estimated to be between $1 to $5 per broadband connection, in order to pay for it.

Where the Party Platforms Stand on Internet Issues, PK :: Keyword: [Vote]
With less than 10 weeks to go before the election, Republicans and Democrats released party platforms outlining their visions for the future. Below is a comparison on where the parties stand on broadband adoption, net neutrality rules, spectrum auctions, and intellectual property protections.

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