Thursday, January 31, 2013

1.31 :: Would Not Be Possible :: I Double Dare You :: The Debate Is Far From Over :: (back)Fired! :: What Hasnt Changed :: Magic Pixie Dust ::

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

"Books will soon be obsolete in the schools... Our school system will be completely changed in the next ten years" -Thomas Edison, 1913 speaking about motion pictures

CAIDA "Anonymized Internet Traces 2013 Dataset" dataset available, CAIDA :: Keyword: [Backbone] This dataset contains anonymized passive traffic traces from CAIDA's equinix-chicago and equinix-sanjose monitors on high-speed Internet backbone links. This data is useful for research on the characteristics of Internet traffic, including application breakdown, security events, geographic and topological distribution, and flow volume and duration. Traffic traces in this dataset are anonymized

Two Years and Five Updates for the National Broadband Map, NTIA :: Keyword: [Map] Nearly two years ago, NTIA launched the National Broadband Map, and today we are updating it, as we have every six months since its inception. The map provides the first-ever detailed datasets of broadband availability across the country, and it would not be possible without a unique partnership between the federal government, states, and the voluntary participation of many broadband providers.

AT&T to FCC: “I double dare you to show you’re serious about wireless competition.”, Tales from the Sausage Factory :: Keyword: [Wireless] Rarely do you see companies double-dare the FCC to back up their brave talk about promoting competition. That is, however, what AT&T has just decided to do – with a little help from Verizon. After gobbling a ton of spectrum …

Dial "L" for Liability - Sec. 230 Protects Online Service for Errant Phone Number, CircleID :: Keyword: [Samaritan] The Communications Decency Act has been described as the greatest Internet law. The first major Internet law designed to censor the Internet actually enabled the interactive Internet. While the censorship provisions of the Communications Decency Act went down in unanimous supreme court flames, a separate provision remains standing. The Good

Early Warnings….of Corruption in ICANN’s GAC, IGP :: Keyword: [ICANN] New top level domain (TLD) applications raise high financial stakes for the applicants. Those seeking new TLDs will have invested at least half a million dollars to prepare and submit their proposal, and many of the companies involved have raised millions more in backing from investors or venture capital firms. In aggregate, a

Few ISPs, Companies Deployed DNSSEC Upgrades - Comcast Took The Lead, But Few Followed, dslreports :: Keyword: [DNSSEC] DNSSEC is a flavor of security that allows both sites and providers to validate domain names to make sure they're correct and not tampered with, and is supposed to help combat things like DNS cache "poisoning" and phishing scams. While some ISPs like Comcast have made great efforts to get DNSSEC deployed, most ISPs and companies are lagging far behind. Nearly five years after the "Kaminsky Bug" vulnerability i

Twitter hit by overcapacity issues, CNET :: Keyword: [Twitter] Access may be spotty this morning, with Twitter reporting that some people are unable to connect to its site.

Twitter confirms second outage this month, WAPO :: Keyword: [Twitter] Twitter confirmed that some users were unable to access the service Thursday, marking the second time this month that the micro-blogging service has been hit with an outage.

Walden, Royce Announce Joint Hearing on Internet Freedom, House Commerce Committee :: Keyword: [Internet Freedom] Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) today announced the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), and the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health,

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate New York Times Computers, NYT :: Keyword: [China] The timing of the attacks coincided with reporting for an investigation that found that the relatives of China’s prime minister had accumulated a fortune worth several billion dollars through business dealings.

ITU: Internet policy still on agenda, CW :: Keyword: [ITU] Public policy formulation in all domains, including the Internet, is the sovereign right of member states, said ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Toure on Wednesday, suggesting that a debate over control of the Internet is far from over at the telecommunications body.

Presse v. Morel, Dist. Court, SD New York 2013, Fed. Court :: Keyword: [Copyright] Posting pictures to twitter does not mean poster loses copyright to pictures

Pirates of the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda Turn From Internet Gambling to Legalized Piracy, Forbes :: Keyword: [Copyright] When the Internet first entered the public domain in the early 1990's I consulted with a number of companies as they tried to establish new online business models.

CES tells CNET: You're fired!, Ars Technica :: Keyword: [News] At the 2013 CES convention, CNET's editorial staff loved the Dish Hopper DVR and nominated it "Best in Show." That journalistic decision was quickly tossed out, however, by the legal department at CBS, CNET's corporate parent. CBS is involved in litigation against Dish over the Hopper.

Google’s approach to government requests for user data, Google :: Keyword: [Big Brother] If it’s like most other days, Google—like many companies that provide online services to users—will receive dozens of letters, faxes and emails from government agencies and courts around the world requesting access to our users’ private account information. Typically this happens in connection with government investigations.

Twitter Transparency Report v2, Twitter :: Keyword: [Big Brother] Last July we released our first Twitter Transparency Report (#TTR), publishing six months of data detailing the volume of government requests we receive for user information, government requests to withhold content, and Digital Millennium Copyright Act-related complaints from copyright holders.

New York Times says it was hit by a cyber attack #thecircuit, WAPO :: Keyword: [Cyberwar] he New York Times reported late Wednesday that it had been the victim of a cyber attack for the last four months while working on a story about Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao and his business connections.

Pentagon to Beef Up Cybersecurity Force to Counter Attacks, NYT :: Keyword: [Cyberwar] The expansion would increase the Defense Department’s Cyber Command by more than 4,000 people, officials said.

Unseen, all-out cyber war on the U.S. has begun, CW :: Keyword: [Cyberwar] Security pros and government officials warn of a possible cyber 9/11 involving banks, utilities, other companies, or the Internet

Does the Stored Communications Act Protect an Email’s Subject Line From Disclosure?, Info Law Group :: Keyword: [ECPA] In other words, is the subject line considered “content” which the SCA says a service provider cannot disclose to a third party?

Time for Change on FCC Voice Rules, USTelecom :: Keyword: [FCC] Voice communications has dramatically changed in the past five to 10 years, thanks to new technologies like VoIP, Skype and Facetime. What hasn’t changed are regulations at the Federal

Five Fundamentals, Values For A New Phone Network, PK :: Keyword: [PSTN] As we wrote back in November, AT&T’s decision to upgrade its network from tradition phone technology (called “TDM”) to an all Internet protocol (IP) system has enormous implications for every aspect of our voice communication system in the country. To provide the right framework for the transition, Public Knowledge submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) our

Magical IP Pixie Dust, NTCA :: Keyword: [PSTN] Mike Romano, our Sr VP for Policy here at NTCA, had the chance to talk with the trade press at Bloomberg BNA as part of their annual “outlook” for communications policy with the Administration and the new Congress so it was gratifying to see rural telco issues profiled when the BNA review was published this week. As NTCA continues to

Hey Rural Telcos – It’s Time to Call it Quits on POTS, Telecoompetitor :: Keyword: [PSTN] Hey Rural Telcos – It’s Time to Call it Quits on POTS Like all sectors within the telecom industry, the rural telecom industry is in the midst of significant transition. Both the technology and the business models it enables are changing, and rapidly. Telecom carriers of all sizes are rethinking their business and trying to build a roadmap to a sustainable future, built on an IP infrastructure....

Friday, January 25, 2013

Dial "L" for Liability :: Sec. 230 Protects Online Service for Errant Phone Number

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The Communications Decency Act has been described as the greatest Internet law. The first major Internet law designed to censor the Internet actually enabled the interactive Internet. While the censorship provisions of the Communications Decency Act went down in unanimous supreme court flames, a separate provision remains standing. The Good Samaritan provision of the CDA (47 U.S.C. § 230) declared that networks and online services are not publishers and therefore are not liable for the content of third parties. 

This is huge. This means YELP can run a review site, hosting reviews by third parties, and not be liable for the content of those reviews. This means Twitter can operate a revolutionary micro-blog and not be liable for what people tweet. The Communications Decency Act placed online services in the tradition of common carriage, where networks carry content but are not liable for what that content is.

This week’s court decision tests the reach of the protections of 47 U.S.C. § 230. Traditionally, Sec. 230 protects online services that offer interactive sites where third parties come and post content. But what happens when it is the online service itself that posts the third party content. What happens when the ACME corporation operates an online service, acquires and posts some content, and that content potentially gives rise to a legal cause of action? Is ACME liable as a publisher of that content? 

In Nasser v. WHITEPAGES, INC., Dist. Court, WD Virginia 2012, Plaintiff brought suit against Defendant for allegedly incorrectly publishing plaintiff’s phone number as “Comcast Phone of Virginia.” “Plaintiff alleges that, because of these errors, he received thousands of unwanted calls intended for Comcast.” Apparently Plaintiff contacted Defendant, and Defendant promised to remove the incorrect listings. But instead, Defendant’s data was sold to another publisher, and the errant phone number was published again. Defendant had acquired the data from Verizon, a third party. But this is the important twist to this case: while Verizon is reportedly the creator of the content in question, Verizon did not post the content to Defendant’s website – Defendant did. So does that make Defendant liable as a publisher? 

The Court concluded,
While such control over content stretches the boundaries of Section 230 immunity, courts have found that an interactive service provider who solicits, pays for, edits, and generally maintains active control over the content of its website may continue to assert immunity from liability. See Blumenthal v. Drudge, 992 F.Supp. 44, 49-53 (D.D.C. 1998) ( "Congress decided not to treat providers of interactive computer services like other information providers such as newspapers, magazines or television and radio stations, all of which may be held liable for publishing or distributing obscene or defamatory material written or prepared by others."); Zeran v. American Online, Inc., 129 F.3d 327, 330 (4th Cir. 1997) ("lawsuits seeking to hold a service provider liable for its exercise of a publisher's traditional editorial functions-such as deciding whether to publish, withdraw, postpone or alter content-are barred."); See also Nemet Chevrolet, Ltd. v., Inc., 591 F.3d 250, 257-258 (4th Cir. 2009) (plaintiff required to plead facts that the defendant performed something more than its traditional editorial function). Additionally, plaintiff has not alleged that the defendant encouraged inaccurate or defamatory posts, which could remove it from the protection of the Section 230 immunity. See Nemet Chevrolet, Ltd. v., Inc., 591 F.3d 250, 257-258 (4th Cir. 2009).
The Court held that even though it was Defendant who posted the content to its online service, nevertheless 47 U.S.C. § 230 protects Defendant from liability for third party content. Defedant's Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's claim was granted.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

1.24 :: To Track and To Evaluate :: Wrong Number :: No TV? :: Hello, Cuba? :: Quite a Beating :: Libraries?? Libraries?!?! ::

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

You affect the world by what you browse. - Tim Berners-Lee

Dog Adoption
State of the Net Panel on Broadband Reveals Common Interests, Cabletechtalk :: Keyword: [bROADBAND] The growth of business and broadband was the featured topic during the panel, “Big Broadband: What Happens when the Psychology of Abundance Confronts Both the Economics of Deployment and the Rules of Regulators” at today’s 9th Annual State of the Net Conference in Washington, DC.

Capped Broadband Reflects Capped Competition, New America :: Keyword: [Broadband] Last month my colleagues and I at the the Open Technology Institute released a paper titled “Capping the Nation’s Broadband Future?” The paper examines data caps, an increasingly common practice where internet service providers

Rep. Anna Eshoo promises FCC bill if net neutrality rules overturned #thecircuit, WAPO :: Keyword: [Neutral] Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that she would introduce legislation affirming the Federal Communications Commission’s jurisdiction to “ensure a free and open Internet.”According to remarks prepared for a speech, Eshoo said she would introduce such

FCC Open Internet Advisory Committee Progress, Freedom to Tinker :: Keyword: [OIAC] Earlier this year, I wrote about the launch of the Open Internet Advisory Committee (OIAC). The committee’s mandate is to, “track and evaluate the effect of the FCC’s Open Internet rules, and to provide any recommendations it deems appropriate to the FCC regarding policies and practices

Jennifer Rexford -- Open Internet Challenges in Mobile Broadband Networks , Youtube :: Keyword: [OIAC] No description available.

Nasser v. WHITEPAGES, INC., Dist. Court, WD Virginia 2012, Fed Court :: Keyword: [47 U.S.C. § 230] Defendant Motion to Dismiss where Plaintiff claims that Defendant Whitepages incorrectly listed Plaintiff's phone number as "Comcast Phone of Virginia," resulting in plaintiff receiving 1000s of unwanted calls intended for Comcast. "While such control over content stretches the boundaries of Section 230 immunity, courts have found that an interactive service provider who solicits, pays for, edits, and generally maintains active control over the content of its website may continue to assert immunity from liability."

Joseph Monaghan, Social Networking Websites' Liability For User Illegality, Seton Hall J Sports Ent Law :: Keyword: [47 U.S.C. § 230] The purpose of this Comment is to examine social networking websites‘ liability for the criminal actions of their users beyond copyright infringement. Specifically, the Comment will illustrate that social networking websites are

47 USC 230 Protects Online White Pages for Publishing Incorrect Phone Number--Nasser v. WhitePages, Technology and Media Law Blog :: Keyword: [47 U.S.C. § 230] Nasser v. WhitePages, Inc., 2012 WL 6858438 (W.D. Va. magistrate report and recommendations December 20, 2012). The...

Akamai Releases Third Quarter 2012 'State of the Internet' Report, Akamai :: Keyword: [Data] Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere, today released its Third Quarter, 2012 State of the Internet report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, the report provides insight into key global statistics including connection speeds, attack traffic, and network connectivity and availability, among many others.

2001:deba:7ab1:e::effe:c75, CAIDA :: Keyword: [IPv6] In many respects, the deployment, adoption, use, and performance of IPv6 has received more recent attention than IPv4. Certainly the longitudinal measurement of IPv6, from its infancy to the exhaustion of ICANN v4 space to native 1% penetration (as observed by Google), is

"Measuring and Modeling the Adoption of IPv6" slideset, CAIDA :: Keyword: [IPv6] This slideset was presented at the TIP meeting in January 2013.

AT&T Suffering Major U-Verse Outage - Users Unable to Use TV, Voice or Internet Services, dslreports :: Keyword: [ATT] AT&T customers in our forums note that AT&T has been experiencing a service outage across numerous states. According to our users in Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, Georgia Tennessee, Florida, and Arkansas, they have been unable to use U-Verse voice, television or Internet services -- in some cases since yesterday morning.

AT&T says U-verse outage is over, CNN :: Keyword: [ATT] Service was gradually returning Thursday for tens of thousands of AT&T's U-verse TV, Internet and phone customers after an outage that lasted several days.

Tata Communications brings 100G connectivity to carriers and enterprises across the US and Europe using Ciena's GeoMesh, Tata :: Keyword: [Backbone] no description

Groups raise questions about privacy on Skype, CW :: Keyword: [Skype] Skype owner Microsoft should release information about how much user data it gives to third parties, including government agencies, several organizations and individuals said in a letter to company officials.

France Proposes Internet Tax - An Old War resurfacing, Circleid :: Keyword: [France] France is proposing an Internet Tax which was reported in the New York Times. The proposal if it follows through will affect the landscape of internet governance in days ahead.

Iran creates fake blogs in smear campaign against journalists in exile, Guardian :: Keyword: [Iran] BBC Persian staff victims of online identity theft designed to discredit them, with family in Iran facing harassment as well

Activists urge U.S. government to stop funding ITU, LIRNasia :: Keyword: [ITU] An advocacy group called “De-fund the ITU” demands the US government stops funding the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). In a signature campaign they have accused ITU of leading several countries to seize the control of the Internet during WCIT 2012 in Dubai.

Much Ado About WCIT-12 and Multi-Stakeholderism, Circleid :: Keyword: [ITU] In the last month of last year, the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) ended in Dubai amid, not hugs and fanfare, but finger-pointing and acrimony. The end, much anticipated as it was, wasn't the finest hour for international cooperation for the global public interest.

Internet Cable Activated in Cuba, Circleid :: Keyword: [Cuba] Doug Madory reporting from Renesys: In February 2011, the first submarine cable connecting the island nation of Cuba to the global Internet (by way of Venezuela) landed on Siboney beach, Santiago de Cuba. In the two years since, the fate of the cable has been a mystery for Cuba

Cuba's Internet speeds up as undersea cable is activated, CW :: Keyword: [Cuba] Cuba's Internet speeds increased on Tuesday, and the country appears to be routing more traffic through a previously dormant undersea fiber-optic cable, according to Internet monitoring company Renesys.

Cuba confirms high-speed internet, BBC :: Keyword: [Cuba] Cuba's state telecoms company, Etecsa, says a high-speed fibre-optic cable is connecting Cuba to the global internet, nearly two years after its arrival.

Pamela Samuelson, Is Copyright Reform Possible?, Harvard L R :: Keyword: [Copyright] Copyright law has taken quite a beating in the legal literature in the past decade or so. Complaints have been legion that copyright industry groups and corporate copyright owners have sought and too often obtained extremely strong and overly long copyright protections that

Vine: A new way to share video, Twitter :: Keyword: [Video] Today, we’re introducing Vine: a mobile service that lets you capture and share short looping videos. Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity. Now that you can easily capture motion and sound, we look forward to seeing what you create.

White House Announces "National Day of Civic Hacking", Techpresident :: Keyword: [Security] The White House blog is hosting a post that designates June 1-2 for a National Day of Civic Hacking.

U.S. is home to greatest number of botnet servers, says McAfee, CNET :: Keyword: [Security] With 631 active command and control servers, the U.S. far surpasses any other country when it comes to malware-controlled zombie computers, says the antivirus vendor.

Google Releases Transparency Report Showing US Surveillance Requests Up 33% in the Last Year, EFF :: Keyword: [Big Brother] This morning, Google released their semi-annual transparency report, and once again, it revealed a troubling trend: Internet surveillance around the world continues to rise, with the United States leading the way in demands for user data.

Hackers for Anonymous group jailed, BBC :: Keyword: [Hacker] Two men who carried out cyber attacks for the Anonymous hacking group are jailed, in what are believed to be the first convictions of their kind in the UK.

Anonymous hackers jailed for cyber attacks, Guardian :: Keyword: [Hacker] Two men jailed for carrying out cyber attacks, including one online assault that cost payments giant PayPal at least £3.5m

Hurricane Sandy Was A HUGE Loss For Verizon, Huffpo :: Keyword: [Sandy] U.S. telecommunications group Verizon Communications Inc posted a $1.93 billion quarterly loss on pension liabilities and superstorm Sandy-related charges that took the shine off a jump wireless business revenue.

NIST SBIR Program Soliciting Proposals to Solve Cybersecurity and Manufacturing Challenges, NIST :: Keyword: [NIST] The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, invites small businesses to propose solutions to specific challenges in the fields of cybersecurity and ...

Survey Finds Rising Reliance on Libraries as a Gateway to the Web, Pew :: Keyword: [Erate] Free access to computers and the Internet is now nearly as important to library patrons as borrowing books, according to a new survey.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

TPRC Call for Papers

2013 TPRC | 41th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy

September 27-29, 2013
George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia

TPRC is an annual conference on communication, information and Internet policy that convenes international and interdisciplinary researchers and policymakers from academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. Its purpose is to present original research relevant to policy making, share information about areas where research is needed, and engage in discussion on current policy issues. The conference program consists of presentations selected from submitted paper abstracts, student papers, posters and proposals for panels, tutorials, and demonstrations.

Call for Papers Announcement

TPRC is now soliciting abstracts of papers, proposals for panels, tutorials and demonstrations, and student papers for presentation at the 2013 conference, to be held September 27-29, 2013 at the George Mason University Law School, in Arlington, Virginia. These presentations should report current theoretical or empirical research relevant to communication and information policy.Contributions may be from any disciplinary perspective; the sole criterion is research quality. Topic areas in previous conferences have included competition, antitrust, and other market issues; broadband deployment and adoption; spectrum and wireless application policy; media, old and new; intellectual property, technology, and Internet law; privacy, security, identity and trust; governance and institutions; innovation and entrepreneurship; and distributional outcomes and social goals. Read the complete Call for Papers here. Abstract deadline is March 31.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

No Cybersquatting Liability where Defendant Set up Gripe Website to Criticize Plaintiff #ACPA

FACTS:  Defendant "sought a loan from [Plaintiff] and the parties entered into an agreement under which [Plaintiff] would attempt to fund the loan in exchange for a $37,500 commitment fee. After [Plaintiff] did not fund the loan and did not refund the commitment fee, [Defendant] created a website with the domain name "" and used the website to warn other consumers about what it perceived to be [Plaintiff]'s fraudulent business practices." 

Plaintiff Sued Defendant for a violation of the AntiCybersquatter Consumer Protect Act and other claims.  Defendant moves for Summary Judgment.

RULE:  "To prevail on a cybersquatting claim, [Plaintiff] must establish three elements: (1) that [Plaintiff]'s mark is distinctive or famous; (2) that [Defendant]'s domain name is identical or confusingly similar to [Plaintiff]'s mark; and (3) that [Defendant] used, registered, or trafficked in the domain name with a bad faith intent to profit from the sale of the domain name."

ANALYSIS:  Defendant's website is a "gripe site," not actionable under the ACPA. Defendant "alleges that it registered the domain name "" and maintained the website in a legitimate, good faith attempt to warn other consumers about what it believed were [Plaintiff]'s fraudulent business practices...[Plaintiff] offers no evidence suggesting that [Defendant] intended to profit by creating the website. [Plaintiff] does not allege that [Defendant] offered to sell the domain name to [Plaintiff] or anyone else, nor does [Plaintiff] allege that [Defendant] offered to take down the website in exchange for money. "

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2.15 :: Aaron Swartz :: Critical :: Under Fire :: Exempts Itself :: Bad Faith :: The DISH Hopper :: Leaving ::

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

“If large numbers of people believe in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it. But if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.”—George Orwell, author, c. 1945

FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI ANNOUNCES MAJOR EFFORT TO INCREASE WI-FI SPEEDS AND ALLEVIATE WI-FI CONGESTION AT AIRPORTS, CONVENTION CENTERS, AND IN HOMES WITH MULTIPLE DEVICES AND USERS., FCC :: Keyword: [Wifi] FCC Action To Free Up New Spectrum For Wi-Fi Will Kick-Off Government-Wide Effort To Expedite Ultra-High-Speed, High-Capacity Wi-Fi And Support U.S. Innovation Economy; Increasing “Gigabit Wi-Fi” Spectrum by 35%

Walden, Latta Welcome Progress on Efforts to Increase Unlicensed Spectrum, Energy and Commerce Committee :: Keyword: [Wireless] “We applaud Chairman Genachowski for announcing the FCC will examine the spectrum in the 5GHz band for unlicensed devices and services, as directed by the spectrum law Congress passed last year,” said Walden and Latta. “Focusing additional unlicensed development in that

Amanda Leese, Net Transparency: Post-Comcast FCC Authority to Enforce Disclosure Requirements Critical to “Preserving the Open Internet”, NJTIP :: Keyword: [Net Neutrality] Net Transparency: Post-Comcast FCC Authority to Enforce Disclosure Requirements Critical to “Preserving the Open Internet”

AT&T under fire for exempting microcell traffic from U-Verse data caps, Ars Technica :: Keyword: [Neutral] Public Knowledge is raising the alarm about AT&T's decision to exempt traffic generated by AT&T's wireless microcells from the data caps imposed on U-Verse broadband customers. PK's Michael Weinberg says that AT&T is "egregiously abusing data caps to give its own services advantages over competitors."

AT&T Exempts Itself From Its Data Cap, Violates (at least) the Spirit of Net Neutrality, Public Knowledge :: Keyword: [Neutral] Last year, Comcast started exempting its own online video service from the data cap it imposed on consumers. When consumers streamed online video (say, because they were thinking about cutting the cord and replacing their Comcast cable subscription with an online competitor), that video counted against their cap. Unless, of course, that online video

CARNIVALE v. STAUB DESIGN, LLC, Dist. Court, D. Delaware 2013 :: Keyword: [ACPA] The court again concludes that defendants' use of the domain name was in bad faith, as it uses plaintiff's mark in violation of § 1125(d)(1)(B)(i) of the ACPA

First all-digital library in the U.S. will look like an Apple Store, CNET :: Keyword: [Library] The library, slated to open this fall in Bexar County, Texas, was inspired by Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs.

The 9 Things We Learned from Facebook's 'Graph Search' Press Conference, Forbes :: Keyword: [Facebook] There was a big press conference held by Facebook(FB) on Tuesday at which they announced “Graph Search.” Although 95% of people

Broadband Beyond 2015: Where Next for Britain's Broadband Future?, Policy Exchange UK, Youtube :: Keyword: [UK] The internet is a huge part of our lives, whether we are at home, at work or out and about. Recognising the importance of connectivity, the government has allocated funds to help take superfast

Youth connects with hot tech topics at ITU, ITU :: Keyword: [ITU] On Wednesday 9th ITU opened its doors to some 350 students from across Europe as host of the Model UN programme run by the Lycée International of Ferney-Voltaire #FerMUN13.

Aaron Swartz keynote - "How we stopped SOPA" , F2C2012, Youtube :: Keyword: [SOPA] Aaron Swartz keynote - "How we stopped SOPA" at F2C:Freedom to Connect 2012, Washington DC on May 21 2012

How To Use 'Graph Search' To Facebook-Stalk Mark Zuckerberg And His Employees, Forbes :: Keyword: [Search] A few lucky individuals have already started using the terribly-named "Graph Search," Facebook's new search engine. I am one of those lucky individuals.

CBS Forced CNET To Drop Its 'Best Of CES 2013' Winner, The DISH Hopper, Forbes :: Keyword: [News] The 'Hopper' not only could have been a contender, it would have won CNET's Best of CES award. Instead, CBS told the editors to do a re-vote.

CBS quashes CNet’s award to Dish’s ad-skipping device, WAPO :: Keyword: [News] CNet, the popular technology news and review Web site, has long prided itself on its independence from the tech giants whose gadgets and products it covers. But its relationship with its parent company is proving to be a more complicated matter.

Crawford’s Misplaced Nostalgia for Utility Regulation, Tech Lib Front :: Keyword: [Common Carrier] In her new book, Captive Audience, Susan Crawford makes the same argument that the lawyers for AT&T made in Judge Harold H. Greene’s courtroom in response to the government’s antitrust complaint beginning in 1981, i.e., that telephone service was a “natural monopoly.” In those

Criticism of Crawford’s “Captive Audience” Mounts, Broadband for America :: Keyword: [Common Carrier] The Jan. 8th release of Susan Crawford’s new book “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age” has drawn a firestorm of criticism from industry and policy experts alike

The Next FCC Chair: Decisive Protector of the Public Interest, Public Knowledge :: Keyword: [FCC] Even though current FCC Chair Julius Genachowski has not announced that he is leaving, there is still much talk about who is being considered to be his successor. In its never-ending fascination with the horse race of politics, the trade press has been throwing out names of the supposed frontrunners every few weeks or so.

Reed Hundt & Blair Levin, Cspan :: Keyword: [FCC] This week on the Communicators, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and his former chief of staff, Blair Levin, talk about their new book, "The Politics of Abundance: How Technology Can Fix the Budget, Revive the American Dream, and Establish Obama's Legacy."

112th Congress Finished Its Term By Taking Away More of Your Privacy, In The Worst Possible Way, EFF :: Keyword: [Privacy] The 113th Congress was sworn into office last week and will start regular business later this month. They’ll have a huge, and perhaps unprecedented, slate of Internet related legislation in the next year, including potentially taking up a dangerous new Internet surveillance bill—which we will detail in the coming days and weeks.

Bits Blog: Security Firm Discovers Cyber-Spy Campaign, NYT :: Keyword: [Security] A Russian cybersecurity company issued a report on Monday saying that it had identified a sophisticated cyberespionage campaign that has been in operation since 2007.

Java still flawed after update, BBC :: Keyword: [Vulnerability] Web security experts claim that Oracle's emergency update to its Java software still leaves users vulnerable to hacks

US-CERT: Disable Java in browsers because of exploit, CW :: Keyword: [Vulnerability] Internet users should consider disabling Java in their browsers because of an exploit that can allow remote attackers to execute code on a vulnerable system, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) recommended late Thursday.

Malware infects US power facilities through USB drives, CW :: Keyword: [Vulnerability] Two U.S. power companies reported infections of malware during the past three months, with the bad software apparently brought in through tainted USB drives, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT).

Health Online 2013, Pew :: Keyword: [Telemedicine] One in three U.S. adults say that at one time or another they have gone online specifically to try to figure out what medical condition they or someone else might have. And yet medical professionals are still most people’s top choice when they are dealing with a serious health concern.

comScore Releases December 2012 U.S. Online Video Rankings, Comscore :: Keyword: [Telemedicine] released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 182 million U.S. Internet users watched 38.7 billion online content videos in December, while video ad views totaled 11.3 billion.

The internet and campaign 2006, Pew :: Keyword: [Vote]

26-Year-Old Internet Folk Hero Commits Suicide After Years Of Government Harassment, Forbes :: Keyword: [] Post has been updated to reflect the per page price increase for Pacer that took affect April 2012

Farewell to Aaron Swartz, an Extraordinary Hacker and Activist, EFF :: Keyword: [] Yesterday Aaron Swartz, a close friend and collaborator of ours, committed suicide. This is a tragic end to a brief and extraordinary life.

At A Young Age, Aaron Swartz Did A Lifetime Of Work, NPR :: Keyword: [] There was sadness and shock among many of the most engaged people in the tech community Saturday after news spread of the suicide of a young computer prodigy. Aaron Swartz, 26, became a tech celebrity at the age of 14, but friends and family say he battled depression and was

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

1.8 :: Competition was Decimated :: I Fell off the Wagon :: An Exhaustive Review :: Not Particularly Helpful :: 30000 Spies :: The Bicholim Conflict ::

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Federal Internet Law and Policy :: An Educational Project

The Internet is a telephone system that's gotten uppity. - Clifford Stoll

Wildman on the Benefits of Usage Based Pricing , NCTA, Youtube :: Keyword: [Broadband] A brief clip discussing the importance of making inexpensive home broadband packages an option.

Vint Cerf: Internet competition has “evaporated” since dial-up, Ars Technica :: Keyword: [Broadband] Vint Cerf, co-creator of the Internet, said today he is troubled by the prospect of companies like AT&T avoiding government regulation after the transition from traditional phone technology to all-IP networks. Already, he said, competition was decimated when the Internet moved from dial-up providers to cable companies and telcos.

Netflix Now Ranking Best Streaming ISPs Monthly - Google Fiber Best, Clearwire, DSL Providers Worst, DSLReports :: Keyword: [Broadband] Netflix has now taken to ranking the nation's top-performing streaming ISPs each month. December's rankings still show Google Fiber in the top spot despite the very limited deployment, with Verizon FiOS falling slightly behind Charter and Comcast at the top of the rankings. Clearwire remains at the bottom of the rankings courtesy of their sometimes

Level 3 and XO Communications Sign Settlement-Free Peering Agreement, Telecompetitor :: Keyword: [Backbone] Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) and XO Communications today announced they have entered into a long-term settlement-free Internet traffic exchange agreement, also commonly referred to as a peering agreement, that is based on the bit-mile balance approach. The peering...

Netflix adds 3-D, Super HD movies to push ISPs towards its own CDN, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Backbone] Netflix added a limited number of 3-D titles to its library Tuesday, and also introduced a new, higher-quality 1080p HD format dubbed Super HD that promises an even better picture quality than the service’s regular 1080p HD streams. The catch: Both 3-D and Super HD are only available to customers whose ISPs are using Netflix’s own Open Connect CDN

Section 230 Still Keeping the Pro Se Plaintiffs at Bay--Klayman v. Facebook, and More, Tech & Marketing Law Blog :: Keyword: [42 U.S.C. § 230] I'm personally committed to blogging every Section 230 case I see, but I fell off the wagon...

Court Rules for ISP in Deep Packet Inspection Lawsuit, Telecom Law Monitor :: Keyword: [Neutral] A few years back, the use of deep packet inspection software – software that examines individual data packets in a broadband transmission – to deliver targeted advertising was a hot topic in regulatory and privacy circles. Those activities spawned a series of cases against the DPI companies and their Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) partners. In one such

Poorest pupils lack home internet, BBC :: Keyword: [Education] More than a third of the poorest children do not have the internet at home and a similar number do not have a computer, official figures suggest.

Hello ESnet! Meet world's fastest science network, Internet2 :: Keyword: [Backbone]

Professor Steven Wildman Named FCC Chief Economist, NCTA :: Keyword: [Broadband] Professor Steven Wildman, Michigan State University Professor of Information Studies, has been named as the FCC’s newest Chief Economist. In December Wildman spoke at NCTA Connects, a new event series at NCTA which hosts national thought leaders discussing issues that are impacting the media and communications industries.

CenturyLink announces organizational realignment, Centurylink :: Keyword: [Centurylink] Sharpens focus on network services business sales and operations by combining into one organization

Google Agrees to Change Its Business Practices to Resolve FTC Competition Concerns In the Markets for Devices Like Smart Phones, Games and Tablets, and in Online Search, FTC :: Keyword: [Google] Landmark Agreements Will Give Competitors Access to Standard-Essential Patents; Advertisers Will Get More Flexibility to Use Rival Search Engines

The Federal Trade Commission closes its antitrust review, Google :: Keyword: [Google] The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today announced it has closed its investigation into Google after an exhaustive 19-month review that covered millions of pages of documents and involved many hours of testimony. The conclusion is clear: Google’s services are good for users and good for competition.

The FTC and Google: A Missed Opportunity, Microsoft :: Keyword: [Google] The FTC took steps today to address some of Google’s improper business practices. We find it troubling that the agency did not adhere to its own standard procedures that call for the agency to obtain industry input on proposed relief and secure it through an enforceable consent decree.

Free WiFi in New York City, thanks to Google, Muni :: Keyword: [Google] Google is starting free WiFi in New York City, beginning with the district of Chelsea, in the west side of Manhattan. The coverage zone includes the area between Gansevoort Street and West 19th Street, from 8th Avenue to 10th Avenue.

US criticises Google Korea visit, BBC :: Keyword: [Google] The US state department says a planned visit to North Korea by Google chairman Eric Schmidt is not "particularly helpful".

Google Triumphant: The Company's Post On FTC Case, Forbes :: Keyword: [Google] Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond has posted comments on the company's settlement agreement with the FTC. And the comments make it clear that Google believes it basically won the day.

Google finds unauthorized certificate for domain, scrambles to protect users, CW :: Keyword: [Google] Google has taken steps to close potential security holes created by a fraudulent certificate for its domain, discovered in late December.

Ad Blocking Raises Alarm Among Firms Like Google, NYT :: Keyword: [Google] The French Internet provider Free is supplying its customers with software that will automatically block Internet advertising, the life blood of companies like Google.

Google head, official in N Korea, BBC :: Keyword: [Google] Former governor Bill Richardson and Google chairman Eric Schmidt are in North Korea on a visit described as unhelpful by the US government.

Huawei Sees Profit Rising 30%, WSJ :: Keyword: [Huawei] China's Huawei Technologies predicted its profit would rise 30% for last year despite tough conditions in the telecom-equipment industry.

China's Huawei Sees Profit Turnaround, Despite U.S. Political Imbroglio, Forbes :: Keyword: [Huawei] Huawei Technologies expects to see a strong recovery in profitability as the company continues to push into new markets amid more cautious spending by telecom operators.

Telecom Fusion: Sidera and Lightower Announce Merger, Sidera :: Keyword: [Sidera] Sidera and Lightower have announced that Berkshire Partners has acquired the two companies and will merge them (upon regulatory approval) to form a larger, best-in-class fiber operator.

Iran develops software to control access to social networks, CNET :: Keyword: [Iran] Chief of country's national police tells local media that the "intelligent software" will give residents limited access to social networks.

Iran Targets Dissidents With 30,000-Strong Spy Army, Wired :: Keyword: [Iran] A new Pentagon report offers a glimpse inside Iran's secretive domestic spy agency, and reveals a network of 30,000 spies with a strange and violent history.

Thank Joe Lieberman For YouTube Accidentally Censoring Key Syrian Watchdog's YouTube Channel, Techdirt :: Keyword: [Syria] Senator Joe Lieberman may finally be out of the Senate, but his "legacy" lives on. Over the years, we've noted that he's regularly sought to censor technology that terrorists use, on the ridiculous theory that censorship somehow makes the terrorists disappear. One of his campaigns, way back in 2008, was to force YouTube to magically censor videos from

Wikipedia Hoax Eluded Detection For 5 Years, Huffpo :: Keyword: [Media] Ever heard of the Bicholim Conflict? The undeclared war between Portugal and the Indian Maratha Empire lasted from 1640 to 1641, but there was little damage and few casualties. It was significant largely for its peace treaty; the settlement between Portugal and India helped pave the way for Goa as an independent state.

Roku strikes Time Warner Cable deal, wants to be your next cable box, Gigaom :: Keyword: [Video] Time Warner Cable customers will soon be able to watch live television on their Roku box, thanks to a deal announced Monday at CES. The cooperation between the two companies brings the TWC TV service, which has previously only been available on iOS and Android devices as

Netflix, Warner Bros. sign licensing deal for handful of TV shows, Globe :: Keyword: [Video] Deal gives Netflix access to earlier seasons of shows like Revolution, The Following

Hulu Top Executives Depart - As Broadcast Owners Keep Hulu Shackled, dslreports :: Keyword: [Video] Tired of cable and broadcast owners who don't want a truly innovative Hulu because it would disrupt traditional TV, Hulu's CEO and CTO say they're leaving the company. In a blog post, CEO Jason Killar stated that the decision to depart is "one of the toughest I've ever made."

Who Could Be Watching You Watching Your Figure? Your Boss, NPR :: Keyword: [Privacy] Those of us trying to get in shape after overindulging this holiday season can get help from a slew of new devices that monitor steps climbed, calories burned and heart rate. But companies and venture capitalists in new startups hope to make money in a new way: by selling the data right back to the people tracking their activity — and to their employers.

Privacy advocates welcome Yahoo Mail HTTPS roll-out, CW :: Keyword: [Privacy] Digital rights and privacy advocates have welcomed Yahoo's decision to provide its users with an option to enable HTTPS (HTTP Secure) for their entire webmail sessions.

The FTC's New Kid Privacy Rules (COPPA) Are a Big Mess (Forbes Cross-Post), Tech & Marketing Law Blog :: Keyword: [COPPA] Earlier this month, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the FTC) promulgated new rules (effectively July 1, 2013)...

Eric Samuel Heidel, Warrantless GPS Tracking: Who Cares About Vehicle Transponders – What About Your Cell Phone?, JICLT :: Keyword: [Privacy] The government now regularly gathers information from individuals’ smartphones. Cellular providers are allowing the government to access the GPS data that users’ smartphones exchange with the provider. While there are legitimate purposes for this disclosure without the consent of the smartphone user, there are many instances were no emergency situation exists and no search warrant is

New laws keep employers out of worker social media accounts, CW :: Keyword: [Social Networks] Employers in Illinois and California cannot ask for usernames and passwords to the personal social media accounts of employees and job seekers under laws that took effect on Jan. 1

Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Network Infrastructure and Engineering Program (CC-NIE), NSF :: Keyword: [Security] This is an NSF Program Announcements and Information item.

Report on the NSF “Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace” PI meeting, Freedom to Tinker :: Keyword: [NSF] The National Science Foundation (NSF) Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) Principal Investigator Meeting (whew!) took place Nov. 27-29, 2012, at the Gaylord Hotel just outside Washington, DC. The SaTC program is NSF’s flagship for cybersecurity research, although it

FCC Accepting Applications for Healthcare Connect Funding, Telecompetitor :: Keyword: [Telemedicine] FCC Accepting Applications for Healthcare Connect Funding Today, at the Oakland Children’s Hospital & Research Center, FCC Chairman Genachowski was joined by the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, the California Telehealth Network, and the Juvenile Justice Center to announce that up to $400 million in annual funding will be made

Facebook Adds Voice Messages, Tests VoIP Calls, Forbes :: Keyword: [Voip] After building out its Messenger app to focus on communications, Facebook is now focusing on voice calls and voice messages.

“The telephone network is obsolete”: Get ready for the all-IP telco, Ars Technica :: Keyword: [PSTN] Two months ago, AT&T petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to plan for the retirement of traditional phone networks and transition to what AT&T sees as an inevitability: the all-IP telco.

Telcos race toward an all-IP future, CNET :: Keyword: [PSTN] At the CES Broadband Unlimited conference, communications execs explain why new native IP networks are essential for consumers and the next generation of connected devices.

Panel: IP Transition a Big Issue for FCC in 201, USTelecom :: Keyword: [PSTN] How the Federal Communications Commission approaches the nation’s inevitable switch to an all-IP network will be an important emerging issue for broadband policy in 2013, a panel of telecommu