Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2.26 :: Danica Patrick :: As it Escalates :: Unintelligible Acronyms :: Strike 6! :: The Missing Link :: Streisand Effect ::

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“Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.” - Dave Barry


Is the U.S. Losing the Broadband Race? As It Turns Out, We Look a Lot Like Danica Patrick, Forbes :: Keyword: [Broadband] Since the publication of Susan Crawford’s book on the alleged failings of U.S. Internet policy, several mainstream outlets have run stories repeating her mantra that Internet speeds are too slow, coverage is shoddy, there is a growing “digital divide” among rich and poor, and broadband prices are too high.

NTIA Oversight Is Helping BTOP Projects Succeed, NTIA :: Keyword: [BTOP] As the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) nears completion, NTIA staff is continuing to work closely with our grantees to ensure that projects are wrapping up on time and within budget, delivering the promised broadband benefits to the communities they serve.

FCC ACTS TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE SPECTRUM AVAILABLE FOR UNLICENSED DEVICES IN THE 5 GHZ BAND, FCC :: Keyword: [Wifi] News Release. Action by: the Commission. (Dkt No 13-49 ). Adopted: 02/20/2013.

REVISION OF PART 15 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES TO PERMIT UNLICENSED NATIONAL INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE (U-NII) DEVICES IN THE 5 GHZ BAND, FCC :: Keyword: [Wifi] The Commission adopted Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to unleash additional spectrum to accelerate and expand new Wi-Fi technology. (Dkt No. 13-49 ). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 02/20/2013 by NPRM. (FCC No. 13-22). OET

FCC Proposes to Simplify and Expand Unlicensed 5 GHz Use, Commlawblog :: Keyword: [Wifi] Suggested rules would combine and harmonize the rules for various sub-bands, and open another 195 MHz for Wi-Fi-type operation

The ITIF Report: A Good Picture but Home Adoption Remains a Challenge, Verizon :: Keyword: [Broadband] The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) recently published a report, “The Whole Picture: Where America’s Broadband Networks Really Stand,” in which it assesses the deployment, performance, and price of broadband in America in comparison to other nations. The report makes a solid case that the U.S. is doing well when it comes

comScore Releases January 2013 U.S. Online Video Rankings, Comscore :: Keyword: [Video] comScore Video Metrix service showing that nearly 180 million U.S. Internet users watched 36.2 billion online content videos in January, while the number of video ad views reached 9.1 billion.

NTIA Asks New gTLD Applicants to Submit Public Interest Commitments, CircleID :: Keyword: [NTIA] Kevin Murphy reporting in Domain Incite: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration said today that all new gTLD applicants, even those that have not already been hit by government warnings, should submit Public Interest Commitments to ICANN.

StateDept: Leveraging Digital for Public Diplomacy, NAF, Youtube :: Keyword: [Intl] This discussion with US. State Department representatives from across public diplomacy bureaus will share how State is leveraging digital technologies to extend their reach and connections with

News Analysis: U.S. Confronts Cyber-Cold War With China, NYT :: Keyword: [China] The Obama administration is weighing how directly to confront China over hacking as it escalates demands that Beijing halt the state-sponsored attacks it insists it is not mounting.

ITU supporting young digital entrepreneurs and innovators, ITU :: Keyword: [ITU] The future belongs to the young. The youth of today are the leaders, entrepreneurs and policy-makers of tomorrow – driving technological, social and economic development globally.

Multi-stakeholderism and the Internet Policy Debate, Geoff Houston, CircleID :: Keyword: [ITU] However, no matter how unintelligible the acronyms of these meetings can get, the issue of how we come to terms with a technology-dense world is a serious matter. Too often we appear to use yesterday's tools and techniques to address tomorrow's issues, and take the view that if it worked in the past it should work now. I'd like to look at this approach in a little more detail here, and try and understand why WCIT was such a comprehensive failure and why the prospects for the next round of telecommunications sector meetings are not exactly looking rosy.

New troll scam: Pay us $495 or face felony charges and jail time, Ars Technica :: Keyword: [Copyright] An organization calling itself the "Internet Copyright Law Enforcement Agency" (ICLEA) recently sent out a batch of copyright infringement notices. One letter reproduced online states that "if this matter is not settled by Friday, March 1, 2013 then you may face serious potential criminal and/or civil charges filed against you. If you are arrested for felony criminal copyright infringement you will be fingerprinted, photographed, and held in jail until you are arraigned in court." Recipients have been asked to pay various amounts, such as $395 or $495.

Six Strikes Officially Begins On Monday, Techdirt :: Keyword: [Copyright] Kevin Collier over at the DailyDot claims he's got it on good authority that the "six strikes" system, officially known as the Copyright Alert System, officially kicks off on Monday, many months later than scheduled. For whatever reason, the organization behind the program, the Center for Copyright Information, has been insisting for some time that there was no

Should you be worried about the new “six strikes” anti-piracy rules? Yes and no, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Copyright] A new system designed to combat copyright infringement was launched in the U.S. on Monday, a joint venture between content companies and internet service providers known as the Copyright Alert System. The name sounds harmless enough, and its supporters argue that it is an appropriate balance between copyright and an open internet — but critics argue that the so-called “six strikes” process is the thin edge of an increasingly broad wedge that copyright holders are trying to drive between consumers and digital content.

The Copyright Alert System, Youtube :: Keyword: [Copyright] No description

'Copyright Alert System' rolls out to catch illegal downloaders, CNET :: Keyword: [Copyright] Five major ISPs, including AT&T, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner, and Comcast, sign on to help copyright holders "educate" consumers downloading copyrighted movies, games, music, and more

'Six strikes' piracy crackdown begins, BBC :: Keyword: [Copyright] A "six strikes" policy to tackle internet piracy in the US gets under way, but internet service providers shy away from banning copyright infringers.

NASCAR censors eyewitness video of crash, YouTube reinstates it, Lost Remote :: Keyword: [DMCA] Shortly after a disintegrating NASCAR vehicle spewed debris into the crowd, a spectator uploaded a terrifying clip of the accident and the aftermath to YouTube. But the clip was suddenly removed with the message, “This video contains content from NASCAR, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.”

Takedown Abuse and the Daytona Crash: Hammers in a World of Nails, CDT :: Keyword: [DMCA] If you haven’t heard by now, a 10-car crash at Saturday’s NASCAR race injured at least 28 spectators with flying debris sending 14 to a nearby hospital. By now, you've likely also heard that one spectator's recording of the accident and its aftermath was quickly pulled (and later reinstated) from YouTube after a copyright claim from NASCAR.

Petition To Legalize Unlocking Cellphones Meets White House's 100K Requirement, NPR :: Keyword: [DMCA] Frustration over a change in federal copyright policy making it illegal to unlock a new cellphone has resulted in more than 100,000 signatures on a petition at the White House's website, meaning the executive branch must now respond to the call to overturn the policy.

Google News: the secret sauce, Guardian :: Keyword: [News] A closer look at Google's patent for its news retrieval algorithm reveals a greater than expected emphasis on quality over quantity. Can this bias stay reliable over time?

Future Policy for the Federal Communications Commission , Hudson Institute, Youtube :: Keyword: [FCC] he availability of the Internet depends on the structure and capabilities of underlying telecommunications networks. These networks in turn are influenced by government rules, particularly those of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

As FCC Chief’s Term Nears End, Speculation Grows Over Possible Successor, Time :: Keyword: [FCC] List: Tom Wheeler, Karen Kornbluh, Larry Strickling, Jason Furman, Susan Crawford, Mignon Clyburn, Jessica Rossenworcel, Cathy Sandoval

Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research, White House :: Keyword: [Open] The Obama Administration is committed to the proposition that citizens deserve easy access to the results of scientific research their tax dollars have paid for. That’s why, in a policy memorandum released today, OSTP Director John Holdren has directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published

White House Grants Aaron Swartz's Wish, In Part, Huffpo :: Keyword: [Open] Aaron Swartz, a well-known Internet activist who killed himself last month, believed that information should free, not digitized and put behind pay walls.

Assistant Secretary Strickling Issues Statement on Intuit’s Support of Draft Privacy Code of Conduct, NTIA :: Keyword: [Privacy] Intuit today announced that the company supports the draft code of conduct being developed in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s privacy multistakeholder process, and that the company plans to adopt the code. The code, when finalized and adopted, will improve disclosures regarding mobile applications' privacy practices. In addition, other key stakeholders voiced general support for the direction the code is taking.

US v. PATH, INC., Dist. Court, ND California 2013, Fed. Court :: Keyword: [COPPA] Consent decree for alleged violation of COPPA

FTC to Host Public Forum on Threats to Mobile Devices on June 4, FTC :: Keyword: [Security] Forum Will Address Threats to Smartphones and Other Devices from Viruses, Malware

Three things you need to know about Advanced Persistent Threats – like, yesterday., Level3 :: Keyword: [Security] To this day, Invasion of the Body Snatchers bothers me, likely because the idea that enemies are not always easily identified and can end up being people you least expect triggers some of my most basic fears. We can debate the merits of its place in cinematic history; however there is no debate that something along this same storyline is playing out in cyberspace today.

NIST Solicits Views, Ideas from Stakeholders for Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure, NIST :: Keyword: [NIST] The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today issued a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register as its first step in the process to develop a Cybersecurity Framework, a set of voluntary standards and best ...

Obama Administration & Cybersecurity, CSPAN :: Keyword: [White House] This week on the Communicators, Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. He discusses the President’s cybersecurity order issued last week (on Feb. 12), the mushrooming of cyberattacks and hacking overall, as well r

Bamital Botnet Takedown Is Successful; Cleanup Underway, Microsoft :: Keyword: [BOTS] Two weeks after Microsoft and Symantec’s collaborative takedown of the Bamital botnet, I’m pleased to report that the Bamital botnet remains offline. Additionally, since Microsoft was able to receive all of the computer traffic that had been connecting to the Bamital botnet, we are also seeing very positive cleanup results firsthand. For instance, our preliminary

Stuxnet Missing Link Found, Resolves Some Mysteries Around the Cyberweapon, Wired :: Keyword: [Stuxnet] A new variant of the sophisticated cyberweapon known as Stuxnet has been uncovered by researchers and may have been released in 2007, two years earlier than previously uncovered versions of the code, according to research released Tuesday. The new variant ...

How Bridging A ‘Digital Divide’ Can Help Save Lives, Microsoft :: Keyword: [Digital Divide] Today marks an important milestone for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Microsoft as we enter into a new partnership to address the digital divide across our Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies around the globe that touch the lives of more than 150 million people each year.

AT&T Transition Trial Idea Raises Interconnection Concerns, Telecompetitor :: Keyword: [PSTN] AT&T Transition Trial Idea Raises Int e r c o n n e c t i o n C o n c e r n s A T & T s p r o p o s e d T D M - t o - I P M t r a n s i t i o n t r i a l h a s d r a w n c r i t i c i s m f r o m a r a n g e o f s t a k e h o l d e r s o v e r t h e i s s u e o f c a r r i e r i n t e r - c o n n e c t i o n . T h e s i

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

2.20 :: Very Scary :: Tricky Stuff :: Just Common Sense :: Have it Your Way! :: Zombies :: A Friendly Reminder :: However :: Still Slow ::

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“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.” ― Milan Kundera

Bringing Broadband to Rural South Dakota, NTIA :: Keyword: [Broadband] To understand how rural South Dakota is, consider this: The state ranks 17th in the nation in terms of geographic size, but 46th in population - with fewer than 820,000 people, according to the 2010 Census. In some parts of South Dakota, the distance between farmsteads can be six miles. Cattle outnumber people four to one.

Susan Crawford: Why U.S. Internet Is Still Slow, Vimeo :: Keyword: [Broadband] Susan Crawford, former special assistant to President Obama for science, technology and innovation, and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, joins Bill to discuss how our government has

Verizon FiOS Over-Delivers in FCC’s Latest Broadband Speed Report, Verizon :: Keyword: [706] They say good things come in threes. In our case, today marks the third time that FiOS has topped the charts in the FCC’s “Measuring Broadband America” report. Once again, FiOS Internet speed tiers are showing that they consistently deliver – and often exceed – the advertised speed (even during peak usage hours). Also, for the first time, the FCC

FCC Report Reveals Broadband Growth and Development, NCTA :: Keyword: [706] The FCC today released their annual “Measuring Broadband America” report which tests consumer broadband performance in the U.S. The report’s findings un

FCC Report: Frontier Improves Service by 13 Percent, Broadband Illinois :: Keyword: [706] Broadband internet service provided by Frontier Communications Corporation has improved 13 percent since April, according to a report released this month by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

FCC Broadband Performance Report Shows Improvement But Misses Big Picture, Forbes :: Keyword: [706] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just released their third "Measuring Broadband America" report: "2013 Measuring Broadband America?February Report" which found:

How Broadband Speeds Are Measured - A Teachable Moment, Verizon :: Keyword: [706] Three weeks ago, Akamai released their State of the Internet report with findings from Q3 of 2012. The quarterly report typically includes a list of average speed measurements for different countries around the world. Some commentators have suggested that these figures indicate serious competitive problems with the U. S. broadband marketplace, but

AT&T Statement on FCC’s 5 GHz Band Plan and Unlicensed Spectrum, AT&T :: Keyword: [Wifi] “Clearing and auctioning spectrum below 3 GHz for exclusive, licensed use must remain a priority for the U.S. Government as we continue to seek ways to address the growing spectrum crunch and the ever growing demand for mobile broadband services. However, free

Free Public WIFI and Externalities, Wireless Cowboys :: Keyword: [Wifi] I have been digesting the discussions about open wifi access points and the recent Free Public Wifi debates that came up after Cecilia Kang’s Washington Post article and I think I finally came up with a good way to express my grave concerns with the idea. The continued use of inexpensive fossil fuels leads to

NTIA Administrator Strickling Issues Statement Following FCC Adoption of Proposed Rules for Broadband Unlicensed Devices in the 5 GHz Band, NTIA :: Keyword: [Wifi] Following on NTIA's January 2013 report evaluating the potential use of up to 195 megahertz of additional spectrum in the 5 GHz band by unlicensed devices, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today proposed making the spectrum in the 5350-5470 MHz and 5850-5925 MHz bands available for such use.

Connect2Compete and HUD Team Up to Expand Digital Literacy Across the US, FCC :: Keyword: [Literacy] Although broadband adoption has increased in recent years, one-third of the country is still without home access. With nearly 80-percent of teachers assigning Internet-based homework, a high-speed connection to complete school assignments is a necessity, not an option. We need to ensure that all Americans can easily access broadband internet in their homes. The gap between families that have home access and those that are beholden to free access points must be closed.

U.S. Consumer Online Travel Spending Surpasses $100 Billion for First Time in 2012, Comscore :: Keyword: [Ecom] Full Year and Q4 2012 U.S. travel e-commerce sales estimates. For the full 2012 year, U.S. travel e-commerce sales reached $103 billion, an increase of 9 percent versus the prior year. Air Travel accounted for nearly two-thirds of all travel spending while growing 10 percent vs. year ago.

How It Feels [through Glass] , Youtube :: Keyword: [Google] Want to see how Glass actually feels? It's surprisingly simple. Say "take a picture" to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live.

comScore Releases January 2013 U.S. Search Engine Rankings, Comscore :: Keyword: [Search] monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. Google Sites led the explicit core search market in January with 67 percent of search queries conducted, followed by Microsoft Sites with 16.5 percent.

China, MTV and Burger King: this week in cyber attacks, Guardian :: Keyword: [China] Anonymous and the Chinese government have been blamed for cybersecurity breaches – here's a guide to this week in hacks

Report ties cyberattacks on U.S. computers to Chinese military, WAPO :: Keyword: [China] A U.S. security firm has linked China’s military to cyberattacks on more than 140 U.S. and other foreign corporations and entities, according to a report released Tuesday.

China condemns US hacking report, BBC :: Keyword: [China] China's military says a report linking it to prolific hacking of US targets is flawed, as the US says it has repeatedly raised concerns about cyber theft with Beijing.

CISPA, the Privacy-Invading Cybersecurity Spying Bill, is Back in Congress, EFF :: Keyword: [CISPA] It's official: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act was reintroduced in the House of Representatives yesterday. CISPA is the contentious bill civil liberties advocates fought last year, which would provide a poorly-defined "cybersecurity" exception to existing privacy law. CISPA offers broad immunities to companies who choose to share data

Comprehensive Cybersecurity Bill Will Be Priority This Congress, Commerce Committee :: Keyword: [Security] the following statement on the introduction of S. 21, the Cybersecurity and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2013.

Subcommittee on Technology and Subcommittee on Research Joint Hearing - Cyber R&D Challenges and Solutions, House Committee Science :: Keyword: [Security] Cyber R&D Challenges and Solutions

Adam Theirer, Technopanics, Threat Inflation, and the Danger of an Information Technology Precautionary Principle, Minn J Sci Tech :: Keyword: [Security] Fear is an extremely powerful motivational force. In public policy debates, appeals to fear are often used in an attempt to sway opinion or bolster the case for action. Such appeals are used to convince citizens that threats to individual or social well-being may be avoided only if specific steps are taken. Often these steps

An update on our war against account hijackers, Google :: Keyword: [Security] Have you ever gotten a plea to wire money to a friend stranded at an international airport? An oddly written message from someone you haven’t heard from in ages? Compared to five years ago, more scams, illegal, fraudulent or spammy messages today come from someone you know. Although spam filters have become very powerful—in Gmail, less than

A friendly reminder about password security, Twitter :: Keyword: [Security] Over the past couple of days, there's been a fair amount of conversation about account security on Twitter. We thought we'd take advantage of this moment to remind you of best practices around passwords – both on Twitter and on the Internet generally.

Burger King, Jeep hacks raise doubts about Twitter security, Globe :: Keyword: [Security] The account hacks present a nightmare-come-true for social media management teams

White House Must Respond to Petition Seeking Swartz Prosecutor’s Firing, Wired :: Keyword: [Crime] A whitehouse.gov petition demanding the President Barack Obama administration remove the Aaron Swartz prosecutor in the aftermath of the internet activist's suicide has surpassed 25,000 signatures. That means the Obama administration is obliged to enter the debate over whether authorities ...

Bad Passwords Cause Zombie Attack Warnings, Huffpo :: Keyword: [Eas] A hacker infiltration of the U.S. emergency broadcast system on TV stations in at least four states came down to the fact that the stations had failed to change factory default passwords, broadcasters said on Wednesday.

Energy and Commerce Committee Leaders Comment On Executive Action on Cybersecurity, Praise House Legislation to Improve Information Sharing, Commercie Committee :: Keyword: [White House] House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today responded to President Obama’s executive order on cybersecurity and reiterated their support for legislation to improve information sharing to mitigate and respond to cyber threats. The Energy and

New Cyber Security Policies Aim to Improve Critical Infrastructure Protection, Microsoft :: Keyword: [White House] It has been an interesting time for those that care about cyber security. Last week, the European Union introduced its formative cybersecurity strategy and draft directive on network and information security to better protect critical systems from security incidents and breaches. Two days ago, the White

Voluntary Cybersecurity Measures Are Just Common Sense, NTCA :: Keyword: [Whitehouse] The White House released an executive order and policy directive today seeking to improve the public-private information sharing, along with efforts to spur implementation of cybersecurity best practices among operators of critical infrastructure. It was a great move to facilitate sharing between network providers and operators without imposing

Streamlining Telegraph Rules: This is Tricky Stuff, AT&T :: Keyword: [PSTN] For anyone who thought that we didn’t need a comprehensive, focused inquiry on how to clear the path for communications to move from a TDM-based circuit switched world to an all-IP, broadband future, you must have noticed a ripple in the force last week (I won’t name names, but if you attended NARUC you heard from a few of them. That ripple, of

Comcast's Very Scary PSTN Filing, PK :: Keyword: [PSTN] I’ve been sorting through the various filings at the FCC in the Phone Network to IP transition docket. I single out the 7-page filing by Comcast as the filing that scares the absolute bejeebers out of me.

Regulation and the IP transition, Gtown School of Business, Youtube :: Keyword: [PSTN] Broadband technologies power the country's digital infrastructure and have become essential platforms for 21st century communications and commerce. One of the most important economic and policy issues facing the new administration is

Notice Blair's comment about the next FCC Chair

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Video: Regulation and the IP transition GTown School of Business

See GN Docket No. 12-353: Transition from legacy transmission platforms to services based on Internet Prototol (IP) Released: 12/14/2012. PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED ON AT&T AND NTCA PETITIONS. (DA No. 12-1999). (Dkt No 12-353 ). Comments Due: 01/28/2013. Reply Comments Due: 02/25/2013. WCB . Contact: John Visclosky at (202) 418-1580  DA-12-1999A1.doc  DA-12-1999A1.pdf  DA-12-1999A1.txt

Vimeo: Susan Crawford on Why U.S. Internet Access is Slow, Costly, and Unfair

Susan Crawford on Why U.S. Internet Access is Slow, Costly, and Unfair

Susan Crawford on Why U.S. Internet Access is Slow, Costly, and Unfair
from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2.13 :: This isnt Our First Rodeo :: It Totally Screwed Up :: Made Rapid Progress :: a major catastrophe :: Who are we kidding? ::

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“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” ― Mark Twain 

FCC RELEASES NEW DATA ON INTERNET ACCESS SERVICES. , FCC :: Keyword: [Sec. 706] This report contains data through December 31, 2011.

100 Gbps Network Services for Petascale Science, Sidera :: Keyword: [Sidera] Last week we announced the news of MetroCast’s 100 Gbps upgrade, however this isn’t our first rodeo with 100 Gbps. In the Fall of 2012, at the International Conference of High Performance Computer, Networking, Storage and Analyses (SC12) in Salt Lake City, Utah, a consortium of researchers demonstrated a national scale 100 Gbps optical network testbed – and Sidera’s network

FCC Summit on Closing the Digital Divide, NTCA :: Keyword: [Plan] The FCC held a summit yesterday on broadband adoption, lessons learned over the past few years and best practices that can continue helping to close the digital divide among communities that remain unconnected. In his keynote remarks, Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Communications and Administrator of the National

FCC Workshop: Sprint, ToledoTel Share Broadband Adoption Successes, Telecompetitor :: Keyword: [Plan] FCC Workshop: Sprint, ToledoTel Share Broadband Adoption Successes The telecom industry seems to taking increased interest in how to get more people to adopt broadband, as an FCC broadband adoption workshop on Thursday illustrated. Two of the biggest reasons more people who could get broadband don’t subscribe to it are cost and relevancy – and service providers at yesterday’s workshop talked...

Why Hasn't The Washington Post Admitted That It Totally Screwed Up Its 'Free Super WiFi' Report?, Techdirt :: Keyword: [Wifi] Sometimes the press screws up. Anyone can screw up. The best thing to do is to admit that you screwed up, apologize, and make it right. At times, we've had to do that, sometimes even admitting we were just plain wrong. It happens. You apologize, you make things right, and you move on. However, for some people, that's hard, and apparently the Washington Post is included in that bunch. Earlier

Cecilia Kang Is Right: There Really Could Be A Free National WiFi Network (of Networks), Harold Feld :: Keyword: [Wifi] This past week, we’ve had quite the discussion around Cecilia Kang’s WashPo piece describing a plan by the FCC to create a national WiFi network by making the right decisions about how to allocate spectrum between licenses for auction and what to leave available for the unlicensed TV white spaces

No Free Super WiFi, But the US Still Needs Improved WiFi Coverage, Circleid :: Keyword: [Wifi] The FCC has long battled for a more efficient deployment of unused spectrum, endeavouring to adapt rules governing 'white space' TV spectrum (largely gifted to broadcasters years ago, and generally in the 700MHz band) to newly released spectrum (in the 600MHz band). This will considerably improve wireless broadband coverage where it is needed most — predominantly in rural areas

Newspaper Not Liable for Moderated Online Reader Comments--Gains v. Romkey (Catch-Up Post), Tech & Marketing Law Blog :: Keyword: [47 U.S.C. § 230] Gains v. Romkey, 2012 IL App (3d) 110594-U (Ill. App. Ct. July 3, 2012)

ITIF Report Offers a More Accurate Assessment of US Broadband, Cabletechtalk :: Keyword: [Broadband] According to a report released today by The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) the United States has “made rapid progress in broadband deployment, performance, and price as well as adoption.”

ITIF Releases Comprehensive Ranking of International Broadband Performance, ITIF :: Keyword: [Broadband] A comprehensive report assessing American broadband networks, by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), indicates that, in contrast to some claims, the United States is in fact among the world leaders in several areas and is making significant progress in improving broadband quality and use as a whole.

ARIN Public Policy Consultation Report Now Available, ARIN :: Keyword: [IP Numbers] no description

Zayo Group Plans Metro Fiber Network in Jacksonville, Zayo :: Keyword: [Backbone] Zayo Group announces its planned expansion into Jacksonville, Florida. The extension into Jacksonville will allow Zayo to offer their entire suite of Bandwidth Infrastructure services, including Dark Fiber, Wavelengths, Ethernet and IP

Comcast buys the rest of NBCUniversal for $16.7 billion, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Comcast] Comcast said on Tuesday that it has agreed to buy the 49 percent of NBCUniversal that it doesn’t already own from current owner General Electric, a deal that will cost approximately $16.7 billion. Comcast bought 51 percent of the broadcaster from GE in 2011, and wasn’t expected to acquire more for several years but said it recently decided to accelerate the purchase.

Egypt Bans YouTube, Huffpo :: Keyword: [Egypt] A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world.

The importance of Standards in developing an effective Internet, ITU :: Keyword: [ITU] In a relatively few years an esoteric tool for researchers has become so much a part of our lives that an outage would be considered a major catastrophe.

AT&T Statement on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, AT&T :: Keyword: [DNS] “Cybersecurity is a critically important issue for American consumers, businesses and the overall U.S. economy. AT&T supports the ‘Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act,’ bi-partisan legislation which provides legal certainty for the sharing of information on cyber threats as a part of an effective cyber-defense strategy. We commend Chairman Mike

CISPA’s reintroduction stirs new debate #thecircuit, WAPO :: Keyword: [CISPA] The tech policy world is abuzz over the reintroduction of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a controversial measure that drew the ire of open Web advocates because of the bill’s measures on privacy and intellectual property.


Streaming Nemo: The Weather Channel makes coverage available across all platforms, Lost Remote :: Keyword: [Video] After perhaps only the Super Bowl, nothing drives more social conversation than inclement weather. The Weather Channel has been at the forefront of weather coverage for 30 years, and weather.com has been a digital powerhouse since its inception. In May, I interviewed Mike Finnerty, vice president of weather.com and web products for The Weather Channel

Amazon Strikes Content Deal With CBS, WSJ :: Keyword: [Video] CBS and Amazon have struck a deal to expand the CBS content made available to Amazon's Prime video streaming service.

Source: Susan Crawford Is Next FCC Chair, Digital Beat :: Keyword: [FCC] A source close to the House Majority Whip’s office tells us that Susan Crawford will be the next chair of the Federal Communications Commission. At least, he said, once we say it, it’ll be true. Oh, who are we kidding? It was Rep Frank Underwood who told us, so it must be true. Or it will be true, right?

Cyber-security Research Ethics Dialog & Strategy (CREDS) Workshop, CAIDA :: Keyword: [Security] The Cyber-security Research Ethics Dialog & Strategy (CREDS 2013) will be held on May 23, 2013 in San Francisco, CA, co-located with The 34th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (IEEE S&P 2013), an event of The IEEE Computer Society's Security and Privacy Workshops (SPW 2013)

DHS Watchdog OKs 'Suspicionless' Seizure of Electronic Devices Along Border, Wired :: Keyword: [Big Brother] The Department of Homeland Security's civil liberties watchdog has concluded that travelers along the nation's borders may have their electronic devices seized and their contents reviewed for any reason whatsoever -- all in the interest of national security.

U.S. said to be target of massive cyber-espionage campaign, WAPO :: Keyword: [Cyberwar] A new intelligence assessment has concluded that the United States is the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening the country’s economic competitiveness, according to individuals familiar with the report.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Initiates Development of New Cybersecurity Framework, NIST :: Keyword: [NIST] The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced the first step in the development of a Cybersecurity Framework, which will be a set of voluntary standards and best practices to guide industry in reducing cyber ...

ACLU Responds to Executive Order on Cybersecurity; Opposes CISPA, ACLU :: Keyword: [White House] President Obama tonight signed an executive order to protect U.S. critical infrastructure from cyberattacks by improving cybersecurity information sharing between the government and owners and operators of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Unlike legislation that will be introduced into the House tomorrow, the president’s executive order

US pursues tighter cybersecurity, BBC :: Keyword: [White House] US President Obama urges officials to share information on cyber threats with industry as lawmakers move to revive a controversial cybersecurity bill.

Obama Urges CyberSecurity, Forbes :: Keyword: [White House] In last night?s State of the Union address, President Obama revealed initial plans to protect American computer networks from cyberattacks. Obama fears that there are those ?seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions and our air traffic control systems? and urged Congress to act ?by passing legislation to give our

Obama signs cybersecurity order, CW :: Keyword: [White House] U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to share cyberthreat information with private companies and to create a cybersecurity framework focused on reducing risks to companies providing critical infrastructure.

Voice Networks Are Evolving, Not Dying, USTelecom :: Keyword: [PSTN] Mark Twain is often quoted as saying “Reports of my death are an exaggeration.” I suspect that if many of today’s communications networks today could talk, this is precisely what

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

2.5 :: Abuzz :: The Real Story :: Thanks for Checking :: Wrong or Misleading :: So Powerful and Broad :: um, and the power went out in NOLA ::

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Misuse of Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service:, Fed Reg :: Keyword: [ADA FCC] In this document, the Commission seeks comment on whether to make permanent, revise or eliminate its interim rules that: prohibit all referrals for rewards programs (as described in the synopsis below) and any other form of direct or indirect inducements, financial or otherwise, to subscribe to or use, or encourage subscription to or use of, Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP

All you need to know about “Super Wi-Fi” in one tweet, Tech Lib Front :: Keyword: [Wifi] The D.C. tech world is abuzz today over a front page story in The Washington Post by Cecilia Kang announcing an exciting new plan from the FCC “to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month.”

The Real Story Behind 'Super WiFi' And The Fight Over Spectrum; It's Not What You Read Yesterday, Techdirt :: Keyword: [Wifi] Early yesterday morning, I saw that Cecilia Kang at the Washington Post had a story up about the years-long fight for white spaces entitled: Tech, telecom giants take sides as FCC proposes large public WiFi networks. It struck me as odd, because so much in the article seemed... wrong or misleading. The main part about efforts to finally do something with the old TV spectrum isn't anything

FCC super WiFi proposal prompts fierce lobbying from tech, telecom firms, WAPO :: Keyword: [Wifi] The federal government wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month.

Super Bowl does Wi-Fi on a massive scale, CNET :: Keyword: [Wifi] The Wi-Fi network at the Superdome in New Orleans has been structured to handle a stunning 30,000 simultaneous connections during the big game. Rogue access points need not apply.

Get Safer Online – at Home and on the Go – on Safer Internet Day, Microsoft :: Keyword: [Safety] Typically, when leave our homes, we lock our doors. We take this simple and, perhaps, habitual step to help protect our families and our belongings. Yet, when we go online, we don’t always take the same precautions with our personal information.

Safer Internet Day: How we help you stay secure online, Google :: Keyword: [Child] Technology can sometimes be complicated, but you shouldn’t have to be a computer scientist or security expert to stay safe online. Protecting our users is one of our top priorities at Google. Whether it’s creating easy-to-use tools to help you manage your information online or fighting the bad guys behind the scenes, we’re constantly investing to make Google the best service you can rely on, with

Federal Trade Commission v. LEANSPA, LLC, Dist. Court, D. Connecticut 2013, Fed Court :: Keyword: [47 U.S.C. § 230] Motion to Dismiss on grounds of Sec. 230 immunity denied in case of alleged fake news website

Nicholas Economides, Benjamin Hermalin, The Economics of Network Neutrality, RAND :: Keyword: [Neutral] Under the current regime for Internet access, “network neutrality,” parties are billed only by the Internet service provider (ISP) through which they connect to the Internet; pricing is not contingent on the content being transmitted. Recently, ISPs have proposed that content and

Announcing We the People 2.0 and a White House Hackathon, White House :: Keyword: [eGov] Since we launched We the People, our team of developers has been hard at work on the code that makes the whole thing tick. Good thing, too! More than 2 million users joined We the People in the last two months of 2012 alone and some 6 million of you have logged in to the system and left more than 10 million signatures. That's a lot of citizen engagement for one application to handle, but it's

Why Google’s settlement with French publishers is bad for the web, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Google] After much diplomatic maneuvering and a series of face-saving gestures on both sides, Google finally signed an agreement with French newspaper publishers late Friday that puts to rest a long-standing legal battle over Google’s behavior in excerpting stories on Google News, which

2013 Innovation Policy Summit: Some countries want the UN to regulate the In, Youtube :: Keyword: [ITU] 2013 Innovation Policy Summit: Some countries want the UN to regulate the Internet. So, what's the problem?

US Congress: (Other) governments shouldn't mess with the Internet, Ars Technica :: Keyword: [ITU] The US Congress has ground into a perpetual state of deadlock, producing a legislative branch that has been one of the most unproductive in history. But there are still a few things Congresspeople from both parties can agree on: the governments of the world really shouldn't be regulating the Internet.

Internet Freedom Hearing Includes Rare Moment of Congressional Consensus, PK :: Keyword: [ITU] In today’s political climate, it is rare to hear a unified voice from Congress, especially one pertaining to regulation. In today’s House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology’s hearing on “Fighting for Internet Freedom: Dubai and Beyond” one such voice was heard. The overall consensus from member participants was a clear demand to keep the Internet open and free. Held jointly

Podcasting Community Faces Patent Troll Threat; EFF Wants to Help, EFF :: Keyword: [Patent] Another day, another patent troll. Or so it seems. The threat of the patent troll is not new—we’ve written about it time and again. But the troubling trend of suing downstream users and content providers really makes us mad. First it was the app developers, then those who scan documents to email. Now, the latest outrage: podcasters. Yes, really. And EFF wants to help organize those facing the threat so that we can guage the size of the problem and hopefully help people find counsel and a way to work together in response.

Super Bowl smashes social TV records and sets an all-time ratings high, Lost Remote :: Keyword: [Media] Last night’s game, halftime show, commercials and power outage combined to make it the most social event on television to date, according to data from Bluefin Labs and Trendrr. The Super Bowl tallied up 30.6M social media comments

PBS tweet entices SuperBowl watchers to Downton Abbey: how it happened, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Media] The Lords and Ladies just punked the linebackers. Public television network PBS struck social media gold last night with a well-timed Twitter quip during the SuperBowl that encouraged viewers to watch Downton Abbey instead.

Twitter tops in Super Bowl commercial mentions, CNET :: Keyword: [Media] Twitter was mentioned in about half of the national television commercials that aired during last night's Super Bowl, according to one report.

As Power Outage At Superdome Shuts Down Super Bowl, Twitter Was The Best Explainer, Forbes :: Keyword: [News] The 34 minute delay to Super Bowl was apparently caused by the Superdome's own electrical system. Just 90 seconds into the second half, both the Dome and the Niners were hurting! And both rebounded, with a re-energized San Francisco tantalizingly within tasting distance of victory. In the

Super Bowl and Return of the Super Dip in Traffic, Circleid :: Keyword: [Video] In a blog post, Sandvine announced that for the second year in a row, the Super Bowl was seen as an event that led to a 15% reduction in overall internet traffic, despite being available as a streaming video feed for United States viewers.

The increasingly blurry line between Big Data and Big Brother, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Privacy] The potential benefits of “big data” have been well described, both by us and others: the ability to spot flu trends earlier and potentially save lives, for example, or to make it easier for companies to provide services in a more personalized way. But these same tools could also be used for

White House Declares It Has 'Broad Powers' When It Comes To Cyberattacks, Techdirt :: Keyword: [Security] In a bit of news that will shock just about no one, the Obama administration did a legal review over what it's allowed to do in making use of "cyberweapons," and concluded that it has "broad powers" to do all sorts of stuff. The specifics, of course, will remain classified:

Twitter to fight hacking by boosting login security, Guardian :: Keyword: [Security] Social media firm to introduce 'two-factor authentication' system, making it impossible for hackers to break into accounts

Twitter hacked; 250,000 accounts affected, CNN :: Keyword: [Security] Twitter is coming forward as the latest site to be hacked. The social network said in a blog post Friday afternoon that approximately 250,000 user accounts were compromised, with attackers gaining access to information including user names and email addresses.

Rebooting Computer Crime Law Part 1: No Prison Time For Violating Terms of Service, EFF :: Keyword: [Crime] In the wake of social justice activist Aaron Swartz’s tragic death, Internet users around the country are taking a hard look at the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the federal anti-hacking law. As we’ve noted, the CFAA has lots of problems. In this three-part series, we'll explain these problems in detail and why they need to be fixed.

Blake, Duncan P and Imburgia, Joseph S., 'Bloodless Weapons'? The Need to Conduct Legal Reviews of Certain Capabilities and the Implications of Defining them as 'Weapons' (May 23, 2011). Air Force Law Review, , SSRN :: Keyword: [Cyberwar] The potential implications of a cyber attack on a State have become increasingly apparent. The same is true of attacks in the outer space domain, in the field of nanotechnology and in respect of directed energy capabilities. Yet there may be

President Obama's New Preemptive Strike Powers Target Cyber-Attackers, Forbes :: Keyword: [Cyberwar] Any hype over the latest mobile app for your smartphone, tablet computer or phablet just seems pedestrian when compared to President Barack Obama’s new power to cyber-trounce anyone he thinks is about to launch a digital attack on the United States.

US Department of Energy hack disclosed employee information, CW :: Keyword: [Hack] The U.S. Department of Energy said Monday that personal information about several hundred employees and contractors was stolen in a mid-January hack, but that no classified information was compromised.

Our Response to Superstorm Sandy, ATT :: Keyword: [Sandy] By all accounts, Superstorm Sandy was a massively destructive event that resulted in more than $70 billion in damage and caused devastating losses for many in the impacted area. More than eight million people lost power, which was a record for a storm-induced power outage. AT&T has a $600 million, 300-vehicle network disaster recovery organization that has a 30-year history of preparing

Windstream urges K-12 schools to leverage E-Rate funds for telecommunications and Internet upgrades, Windstream :: Keyword: [Erate] With this year’s E-Rate filing deadline rapidly approaching, Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, is urging all K-12 schools and libraries across the country to apply in order to leverage discounts on telecommunications, Internet service and communications solutions.

"IP" Does Not Mean "Fiber," "Fiber" Does Not Mean "IP" -- Clearing Confusion About the Phone Network Transition, Public Knowledge :: Keyword: [PSTN] As regular readers know, I regard the upgrade of the phone system (aka the "public switched telephone network" or "PSTN") to an all-IP based network as a majorly huge deal. As I’ve explained at length before, this is a huge deal because of a bunch of decisions the Federal

Game Over on Outdated Phone Regulations, USTelecom :: Keyword: [PSTN] Landline phones and video arcade games might not seem to have much in common, but they’ve both been around since the beginning of the 20th century (when they were called ‘penny arcades&

USTelecom Policy Breakfast Briefing: What’s the Point of Voice Regulation?, USTelecom :: Keyword: [PSTN] Join USTelecom for a free breakfast briefing on Thursday, February 14 to examine the recently filed USTelecom petition that asks the FCC to end dominant carrier regulation of legacy voice services.