Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. - Plato

Adickman, Cary E., Special Access: The Harm of Premature Deregulation in Telecommunications (December 1, 2012). Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2012, SSRN :: Keyword: [Broadband] Special access is a high-capacity, dedicated network connection leased from a telecommunications carrier. The Federal Communications Commission regulates the price of special access under its statutory mandate, but has taken substantial steps to relax these

100Gbps Transport – Costs of Network Complexity Override Early Adoption Price Points, Level3 :: Keyword: [Broadband] Even though current costs of 100Gbps hardware technology have not yet achieved a break-even point vs. 10Gbps technology, service providers are actively investing in these high capacity transport technologies. Why? Simple — the rapid and exponential demand for capacity is forcing service providers to seek more efficient, lower-cost transport infrastructures as they strive to meet demand from bandwidth hungry services such as media and content.

Larouche, Pierre, Five Neglected Issues About Network Neutrality (December 30, 2012), SSRN :: Keyword: [Neutral] From the vast and on-going network neutrality discussion, this contribution picks five neglected issues, which could affect the terms of the debate. After a brief introduction to the state of play in the EU (1.), it deals with market definition as it relates to the relationship between the ISP on the

Fee changes and IPv6 address return, ARIN :: Keyword: [IPv6] See Link

Google Announces DNSSEC Support for Public DNS Service, CircleID :: Keyword: [DNSSEC] "We launched Google Public DNS three years ago to help make the Internet faster and more secure.Today, we are taking a major step towards this security goal: we now fully support DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) validation on our Google Public DNS resolvers. Previously, we accepted and forwarded DNSSEC-formatted messages but did not perform validation. With this new security feature, we can better protect people from DNS-based attacks and make DNS more secure overall by identifying and rejecting invalid responses from DNSSEC-protected domains."

FTC Clarifies Obligations of Product Reviewers, But Does Not Ease Concerns, Citizens Media Law Project :: Keyword: [Ecom] On March 12, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission released a new guidance paper entitled ".com Disclosures: How to Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising." The new FTC guidance updates a prior FTC release from 2000 relating to disclosures in online advertising. The new guidance also provides some answers to questions raised by the agency's 2009 Guides Concerning the Use of

ITIF Assesses Potential Overhaul of U.S. Internet Tax Policy, ITIF :: Keyword: [Tax] The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a report today analyzing the current state of Internet tax policy and the packages being considered to assist policymakers and the public in making better decisions on how to reform the system. A Policymaker's Guide to Internet Tax provides a comprehensive review of the proposals and their potential impacts on innovation and economic growth in the Internet sector.

CenturyLink Confirms Usage Caps - 150 GB for 1.5 Mbps Lines, 250 GB For Anything Faster, dslreports :: Keyword: [Century Link] CenturyLink has confirmed with Broadband Reports that there are usage caps in place for residential users. A thread in our forums contained more than a few users who were confused about the caps; some users saying they'd been warned and even disconnected -- while other heavy users had never been warned. Some are even being told when they call in that the company does not have any caps on their service.

CenturyLink VP Shares Rationale for 100G Network Upgrade, Telecompetitor :: Keyword: [Centurylink] CenturyLink VP Shares Rationale for 100G Network Upgrade Data center connectivity requirements and burgeoning residential broadband traffic are driving CenturyLink’s 100G packet optical network expansion announced today. “Deploying 10G has become too much work,” said Pieter Poll, CenturyLink senior vice president of national and international network planning, engineering and construction, in an..

Comcast Speed Increases Hit California - 12/2 to 25/5, 25/4 to 50/10, 50/10 to 105/20, dslreports :: Keyword: [Comcast] Comcast today stated that customers in California will now be seeing some of the speed upgrades we've been seeing deployed elsewhere around the country at no extra cost. Specifically, Comcast's Blast tier is going from 25/4 Mbps to 50/10 Mbps, their Extreme tier will be going from 50/10 Mbps to 105/20, and their Performance tier will be going from

Is This The Next Google Reader?, Huffpo :: Keyword: [Google] As Google Reader fans freaked out over the announcement that their beloved RSS reader would die in July, social-news site Digg on Thursday said it would build a replacement. The new RSS feed is part of the site's longterm reinvention, Digg explained in a blog post on Thursday.

Unintended Consequences Of Google Reader Shutdown: Losing Key Tool To Get Around Censored Internet In Iran & China, Techdirt :: Keyword: [Google] Last night, after posting the story about Google Reader being shut down, I received an email from someone in China, telling me that it was an even bigger deal for him, because "even with a VPN it can be very difficult to access outside news sites," but that the Great Firewall doesn't block Google Reader -- so that's his one way of reading outside news. And

Killing Google Reader is like killing the bees: we'll all be worse off, Guardian :: Keyword: [Google] It's a mistake to think that just because a small number of people use a product that they don't matter - and Google's attempt to push Reader users to Google+ is a mistake too

'Keep Google Reader Running' Petition Hits 100K; Fans Audition Replacements, NPR :: Keyword: [Google] Google's announcement this week that it will kill its Reader product on July 1 prompted moans of despair from those who rely on the free RSS service to monitor headlines. To illustrate the level of dependency they've come to feel, some are comparing the move to Google abandoning search.

Our Commitment to Compliance, Microsoft :: Keyword: [Microsoft] Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. government is reviewing allegations that Microsoft business partners in three countries may have engaged in illegal activity, and if they did, whether Microsoft played any role in these alleged incidents.

North Korea Suffers Outage, Renesys :: Keyword: [N Korea] Earlier this morning, North Korea accused the United States of conducting a cyber attack that disrupted their Internet connectivity. While the details remain unknown, we can confirm that, in the last two days, North Korea's sole Internet provider has had ongoing problems staying connected to the global Internet. We'll summarize some of our evidence in this blog entry.

Supreme Court OKs $222K Verdict for Sharing 24 Songs, Wired :: Keyword: [P2P] The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a jury's conclusion that infamous file-sharer Jammie Thomas-Rasset pay the recording industry $222,000 for downloading and sharing two dozen copyrighted songs on the now-defunct file-sharing service Kazaa.

Google Drive goes down for many users, CNET :: Keyword: [Cloud] Google's status page showed a service disruption for the online storage site that left many people unable to access their online files.

Google Drive suffers outage Monday morning, CW :: Keyword: [Cloud] It's been a tough Monday morning for some Google Drive users who have been dealing with a service outage.

Senate Commerce Committee to FCC, "The Game is Changing. Are We Keeping Up?", PK :: Keyword: [FCC] On Tuesday, the Senate Commerce Committee held its first FCC oversight hearing of the year. All 5 Commissioners attended and Senators discussed their laundry list of priorities and pet projects. While Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) pressed hard on funding for FirstNet, there were several other topics important to the public interest addressed in the hearing.

White House narrowing field for FCC chairman, WAPO :: Keyword: [FCC] When last we checked in on the FCC chairmanship, it seemed that the White House was in no rush to replace Julius Genchowski, the current head of the agency.

Bambauer, Derek E., Ghost in the Network (March 12, 2013). University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 162, 2014;, SSRN :: Keyword: [Security] Cyberattacks are inevitable and widespread. Existing scholarship on cyberespionage and cyberwar is undermined by its futile obsession with preventing attacks. This Article draws on research in normal accident theory and complex system design to argue that successful attacks

Feds: No Warrant Needed to Track Your Car With a GPS Device, Wired :: Keyword: [Big Brother] The President Barack Obama administration is claiming that authorities do not need court warrants to affix GPS devices to vehicles to monitor their every move.

Rules of cyberwar: don't target nuclear plants or hospitals, says Nato manual, Guardian :: Keyword: [Cyberwar] Handbook drawn up for Nato's Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is first attempt to codify how international law applies to state-sponsored online attacks

The Internet Association Statement on Bipartisan Leahy-Lee ECPA Reform Bill ECPA law must be updated for the digital age, Internet Association :: Keyword: [ECPA] The Internet Association, the unified voice of the Internet economy, representing the interests of leading global Internet companies including Airbnb, Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace, salesforce.com, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga, issued the following statement regarding Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introducing a bill today that would reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The Internet Association supports updating the ECPA privacy law.

Testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives on privacy legislation, Google :: Keyword: [ECPA] This morning Richard Salgado, Legal Director of Law Enforcement and Information Security, will testify before a House Judiciary Subcommittee about the need to bring a key privacy law into line with how people use the web today.

Senate “Dream Team” Introduces ECPA Reform Bill, CDT :: Keyword: [ECPA] Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) today introduced a bill that would reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). This Senate “Dream Team” will give ECPA reform a strong boost: Leahy, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and original author of the 1986 ECPA, is joining forces with Mike Lee, a Tea Party favorite, and a strong voice for Constitutional rights when the Committee marked up a nearly identical bill last year.

Federal Judge Finds National Security Letters Unconstitutional, Bans Them, Wired :: Keyword: [NSL] Ultra-secret national security letters that come with a gag order on the recipient are an unconstitutional impingement on free speech, a federal judge ruled Friday

New NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Your Input Needed, Internet2 :: Keyword: [NIST] See link

U.S. NIST's vulnerability database hacked, CW :: Keyword: [NIST] A U.S. government computer vulnerability database and several other websites at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have been down for nearly a week after workers there found malware on two Web servers.

Massive bot network is draining $6 million a month from online ad industry, says report, Gigaom :: Keyword: [BOTS] A London analytics firm says it has identified a bot network that is tricking marketers into showing billions of ads every month to phantom visitors. The botnet reportedly relies on more than 120,000 infected Windows computers located in the U.S., and appears to represent a sophisticated scheme to defraud the advertising industry.



IP Transition: Network Evolution Will Bring Enormous Benefits, Verizon :: Keyword: [PSTN] Today the FCC will hold its first workshop in its proceeding on technology transitions. My colleague Tom Maguire will appear on one of the panels looking at the transitions underway in the industry. Tom is a 30-year veteran of Verizon and Senior Vice President of National Operations. He is passionate about the exciting changes happening in our industry and the way Verizon has chosen to embrace them, while at the same time looking out for the needs of our customers.

Telegram for the FCC: Time to Retire the Telephone Network, Forbes :: Keyword: [PSTN] Today, the FCC convenes the first meeting of its “Technology Transitions Policy Task Force,” a new intra-agency group announced in December by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

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