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Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. - Gertrude Stein

Recapping the 2013 Policy Symposium, PK :: Keyword: [Broadband] February 26th marked the first Public Knowledge Symposium on Capitol Hill. The event was an opportunity for policy makers to hear from and exchange ideas with experts from many fields including data caps, online video, copyright and first sale

Susan Crawford, Captive Audience, NAF, Youtube :: Keyword: [Broadband] The New America Foundation's Media Policy Initiative marks the release of Susan Crawford's Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. In the book,

American Broadband is the Envy of Europe: Part I, Broadband for America :: Keyword: [Broadband] Recent data makes it hard to dispute that America is a world leader in broadband technologies.

Forbes commentary on Susan Crawford’s “broadband monopoly” thesis, TLF :: Keyword: [Broadband] Over at Forbes we have a lengthy piece discussing “10 Reasons To Be More Optimistic About Broadband Than Susan Crawford Is.” Crawford has become the unofficial spokesman for a budding campaign to reshape broadband. She sees cable companies monopolizing broadband, charging too much, withholding content and keeping speeds low, all in order to

Zayo Lights Chicago to Memphis Route with 100G System, Zayo :: Keyword: [Backbone] Zayo Group announced it has deployed a native 100G Wavelength network on its Memphis to Chicago route. The Memphis to Chicago network route was previously only available to Dark Fiber customers and, with this upgrade, Zayo is now able to expand its Bandwidth Infrastructure services to include Wavelengths and Ethernet between these two markets.

If I had a Nickel for Every Infrastructure Investment, NCTA :: Keyword: [Cable] Cable companies invest billions each year in capital expenditures. These investments go directly to improving products, services, and speeds. So this week’s #broaddata is a simple, straight forward chart showing exactly how much money cable companies have spent over the last 17 years – a

FCC Announces Workshop on Gigabit Community Broadband Networks Mar. 27, FCC :: Keyword: [Muni] Chairman Genachowski announced that the Commission would host workshops designed to analyze successful gigabit network deployments, and to provide information on how industry, local, and state leaders can meet the goals of the Gigabit City Challenge.

Testimony of Assistant Secretary Strickling on “Is the Broadband Stimulus Working?”, NTIA :: Keyword: [Stimulus] Chairman Walden, Ranking Member Eshoo, and Members of the Subcommittee, I am pleased to be here to today to update the Subcommittee on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) work to expand access to and adoption of broadband in the United States. Four years after the American Recovery

SAY WHAT??? Despite Mounting Evidence, Obama Administration Denies Broadband Stimulus Waste, House Commerce Committee :: Keyword: [Stimulus] The Communications and Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today held a hearing to examine reports of waste and misuse in the Obama administration’s $7 billion broadband stimulus program. Although the administration widely proclaimed its 2009 stimulus program would create “shovel ready” projects, four years later, only 60 percent of the broadband funds have been put to use. In addition, there have been numerous allegations of waste and overbuilding.

Legislators Grill NTIA Administrator about Broadband Stimulus Projects, Telecompetitor :: Keyword: [Stimulus] Legislators Grill NTIA Administrator about Broadband Stimulus Projects Members of the House of Representatives had harsh words for broadband stimulus projects in West Virginia and Colorado – and in some cases for the entire stimulus program — at a hearing today titled “Is the Broadband Stimulus Working?” Lawrence Strickling, administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information...

Report Shows U.S. Ahead on Freeing Up Spectrum, Telecompetitor :: Keyword: [Wireless] Report Shows U.S. Ahead on Freeing Up Spectrum In the last year or so we’ve been hearing more and more about an impending spectrum shortage, with some network operators and the FCC saying demand threatens to outpace spectrum availability – a situation that has arisen as a result of burgeoning mobile data growth. But according to a report issued

OECD Insights: Stimulating competition through open access networks, OECD :: Keyword: [Open Access] Even though the term “open access” is widely used in policy discussions surrounding broadband networks, there is little universal agreement as to what it means. A new OECD report helps to shed some light on this important concept by examining how and why open access policies have been implemented in communication markets around the world.

The Rise of The Harlem Shake, Sysomos :: Keyword: [Data] If you keep up to date on what’s hot on the internet, you’ve no doubt stumbled across a Harlem Shake video in the past couple of weeks. The strange videos have quickly become one of the most popular things on the internet and everyone is trying to get in on the action. What’s really interesting about this trend is how quickly it went viral.

10.1 Million .ORG Domains and Counting, CircleID :: Keyword: [DNS] PIR released the results of the bi-annual domain name report, "The Dashboard," which outlines the growth of .ORG in the second half of 2012. Overall, we had a remarkable year. Most notably, we hit a major milestone in June with the registration of the 10 millionth .ORG domain!

Literally IPv6, Potaroo :: Keyword: [IPv6] As many who have worked with computer software would attest, software bugs come in many strange forms. This month I'd like to relate a recent experience I’ve had with one such bug that pulls together aspects of IPv6 standard specifications and interoperability.

China's Internet Censors for Sale, EFF :: Keyword: [China] What happens when a country's government censors the entirety of its domestic web, with no oversight or transparency? It turns out that politicians aren't the only ones with an interest in repressing free expression--and given a lever of control, a black market of censors quickly emerges.

China blames U.S. for most cyberattacks against military Web sites, CNET :: Keyword: [China] China's Defense Ministry claims that almost two-thirds of the cyberattacks against its military sites have come from the United States.

The impact of broadband on global access to education, ITU :: Keyword: [ITU] According to UNESCO, in 2010, 61 million children of primary-school age, and a further 71 million of lower secondary-school age, were not in school. Research also indicates that 1.7 million extra teachers will be needed to achieve universal primary education.

UN chief warns 'new cold war' looms over the internet, Euractiv :: Keyword: [ITU] A new cold war is brewing between Europe and other northern countries and the rest of the world over internet access, threatening to block talks on cyber security and data protection, the chief of the United Nations' telecommunications authority said. EurActiv reports from the GSMA conference in Barcelona.

Nicholas W. Bramble, Safe Harbors and the National Information Infrastructure, , Hastings Law Journal :: Keyword: [Copyright] In 1995, the Department of Commerce under President Clinton released a 267-page document arguing that strengthened intellectual property enforcement was necessary to ensure the population of the “national information infrastructure” with education, information, and entertainment products. Contrary

Copyright Alert System: What Users Need To Know, Verizon :: Keyword: [Copyright] Earlier this week, the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), whose members include five Internet service providers – Verizon, Cablevision, Comcast, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable – as well as artists and content creators like the members of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), announced the launch of the Copyright Alert System.

Derek Khanna - Post SOPA Copyright Reform, CITP Princeton, Youtube :: Keyword: [Copyright] Video

It's Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking, White House :: Keyword: [DMCA] Thank you for sharing your views on cell phone unlocking with us through your petition on our We the People platform. Last week the White House brought together experts from across government who work on telecommunications, technology, and copyright policy, and we're pleased to offer our response.

Statement from the Library of Congress Regarding White House Statement Today in Response to a Petition on Section 1201 Rulemaking, LOC :: Keyword: [DMCA] The rulemaking is a technical, legal proceeding and involves a lengthy public process. It requires the Librarian of Congress and the Register of Copyrights to consider exemptions to the prohibitions on circumvention, based on a factual record developed by the proponents and other interested parties. The officials must consider whether the evidence establishes a need for the exemption based on several statutory factors. It does not permit the U.S. Copyright Office to create permanent exemptions to the law.

FCC Chair Genachowski On Copyright Office Position On #DMCA And Unlocking New Cell Phones , FCC :: Keyword: [DMCA] "From a communications policy perspective, this raises serious competition and innovation concerns, and for wireless consumers, it doesn't pass the common sense test. The FCC is examining this issue, looking into whether the agency, wireless providers, or others should take action to preserve consumers' ability to unlock their mobile phones. I also encourage Congress to take a close look and consider a legislative solution."

White House Supports Unlocking Phones -- But the Real Problem Runs Deeper, EFF :: Keyword: [DMCA] The White House has come out today in support of legalizing the unlocking of cell phones for use on different carriers, saying it makes "common sense" that "all consumers deserve that flexibility." The statement came as a response to a recent petition that received over 114,000 signatures.

Cell Phone Unlocking: The Root of the Problem (and Solution) is in Copyright, PK :: Keyword: [DMCA] Yesterday, the White House responded to a We the People petition on phone unlocking, stating that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones and tablets. This puts the administration in line with a large number of consumers who are upset that the Library of Congress refused to exempt phone unlocking (modifying phone software so consumers can

FCC To Examine Federal Ban On Unlocking Cellphones, NPR :: Keyword: [DMCA] Chairman Julius Genachowski said he is unsure if his agency has the authority to review laws passed, but he said he was concerned that the ban might be harmful to competition.

State of Social Media, Pew :: Keyword: [Media] Mary discussed the Pew Internet Project’s latest research on Americans’ use of social media, including how different demographic groups use various platforms.

Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission, Senate Commerce Comm :: Keyword: [FCC] The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on March 12, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. titled “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.”

Google And Facebook Ignore "Do Not Track" Requests, Claim They Confuse Consumers, Forbes :: Keyword: [Privacy] How should a company respond if a consumer politely asks it to stop tracking his or her behavior on the company’s website?

Hearing: The Cybersecurity Partnership Between the Private Sector and Our Government: Protecting our National and Economic Security March 7, Senate Commerce Comm :: Keyword: [Security] Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today announced that he will chair a hearing, along with Senator Tom Carper, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, on March 7, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. entitled “The Cybersecurity Partnership Between the Private Sector and Our Government: Protecting our National and Economic Security.”

FBI Investigating Unidentified Drone Spotted Near JFK Airport, Wired :: Keyword: [Security] The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday it is investigating an unidentified black drone an Alitalia pilot said he encountered while approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport. Whether it was a hobbyist breaking the Federal Aviation Administration's 400-foot-altitude rule or ...

Pentagon cyberdefenses weak, report warns, WAPO :: Keyword: [Security] A new report for the Pentagon concludes that the nation’s military is unprepared for a full-scale cyber-conflict with a top-tier adversary and must ramp up its offensive prowess.

FBI data requests to Google outlined in report, CW :: Keyword: [Surveillance] Some thousand-plus Google users have been subject to FBI security information requests since 2009, the company said Tuesday. The data build on Google's already existing tally of government data requests.

Google Says the FBI Is Secretly Spying on Some of Its Customers, Wired :: Keyword: [Surveillance] The terrorists apparently would win if Google told you the exact number of times the Federal Bureau of Investigation invoked a secret process to extract data about the media giant's customers. That's why it is unlawful for any record-keeper to

Thaw, David, Criminalizing Hacking, Not Dating: Reconstructing the CFAA Intent Requirement (February 1, 2013). Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology,, SSRN :: Keyword: [CFAA] This article addresses a growing problem with existing United States Federal law addressing cybercrime. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (CFAA), which in part revised earlier (limited) legislation on the subject, is the primary Federal "anti-hacking" statute providing both criminal penalties and (limited) rights of private action for certain unauthorized activities using computers and similar information systems.

How much does a botnet cost, and the impact on internet voting, F2T :: Keyword: [Bots] A brief article on how much botnets cost to rent (more detail here) shows differing prices depending on whether you want US machines, European machines, etc. Interestingly, the highest prices go to botnets composed of US machines, presumably because the owners of those machines have more purchasing power and hence stealing credentials from those

Stuxnet worm targeting Iran in works as early as 2005, Symantec finds, WAPO :: Keyword: [Stuxnet] The secret cyber-sabotage campaign aimed at Iran’s nuclear program may have been in existence as early as 2005 and may have been capable of inflicting more damage than previously known, according to a security firm’s analysis released Tuesday.

Ashland Hospital v. Service Employee Union, 6th Cir., Fed. Court. :: Keyword: [TCPA] No TCPA violation in case where defendant allegedly used an automated "robo-call" campaign that contacted private residents in their homes with a prerecorded message offering to help connect them to KDMC to express concerns over the treatment of hospital employees.

The Public Switched Changing Network — The End of the PSTN is Near, Level3 :: Keyword: [PSTN] Resistance to change is natural. We all have that yearning for the familiar and distrust of the unknown. The changes we resist are a function of our beliefs, knowledge and assumptions. What we resist (and how strongly) often varies based on our level of familiarity with the subject of the change.

Copper still has a lot to offer broadband users, Deutsche Telekom exec says, USTelecom :: Keyword: [PSTN] Thanks to the higher speeds possible using a technology called vectoring, copper networks are still a viable option to cable and fiber, Deutsche Telekom says

With Copper Rules, Keep Broadband Goals in Mind, USTelecom :: Keyword: [PSTN] Read More

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