Tag Archive 'net neutrality'

Jun 22 2010

Is the FCC’s “Third Way” the Right Way on Net Neutrality? Or a Dead End?

Published by admin at 11:08 am under Technology

Since our last post on net neutrality, the debate has focused on the administrative questions as to who will set the guidelines for internet regulations and how those regulations will be implemented.  Since the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that the FCC did not have the authority to regulate Comcast’s network management practices under Title I of the Communications Act, as predicted, the Commission has sought alternative ways to reclassify broadband services in order to extend regulatory authority over ISPs under the Act.   Last week, by a 3-2 vote, the FCC moved one step closer to reclassifying broadband to reestablish authority over ISPs.  In its meeting, the FCC released a Notice of Inquiry to seek comment on the proposed changes for broadband regulation.  Continue Reading »

Comments Off

Apr 21 2010

FCC’s Net Neutrality Initiative Suffers Body Blow, But is Still Standing

Published by admin at 1:33 pm under Regulations

Earlier this month, the DC Court of Appeals dealt a blow to the FCC’s “net neutrality” initiatives when it held that the Commission did not have the authority to sanction Comcast for employing network management practices that targeted users of P2P applications.  However, by basing its reasoning on a straightforward (and not surprising) interpretation of the Communications Act of 1934, the Court’s decision cannot be called a knock-out and it is likely that we will see a tactical shift in the FCC’s efforts to implement net neutrality regulations. Continue Reading »

Comments Off

Nov 19 2009

Playing by the FCC’s Rules? Google Voice Comes Under Fire

Published by admin at 10:01 am under Regulations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently opened an inquiry into Google Voice, the popular messaging and call service offered by Google, and Google’s practice of blocking certain calls.   The inquiry was prompted by complaints from AT&T to the FCC accusing Google of unfairly blocking calls to certain numbers in rural areas where local phone companies charge high connections fees.  A bipartisan group of 20 Congressional members also submitted a letter asking the FCC to open an investigation into Google’s voice application.  Continue Reading »

Comments Off

Feb 02 2009

News Round-Up – Week Ending January 30, 2009

Published by admin at 8:57 am under News

Click here to receive regular updates and articles.

  • The New York Times, owners of Boston.com, and GateHouse Media agreed on the eve of trial to settle their copyright lawsuit.  As part of the settlement, the complete details of which aren’t available, the headlines and first sentences from GateHouse articles will be removed from listings on Boston.com, although Boston.com will continue to link to GateHouse.  While the settlement appears to be a victory for GateHouse, some are questioning whether GateHouse’s objections to the content in the links made business sense as Boston.com was sending traffic to GateHouse.  The new restrictions may cause Boston.com to think twice about doing that in the future.  Other smaller media and content sites may want to consider these ramifications in raising similar issues.  Read here for more on the dispute.
  • Controversy is already brewing at the President’s virtual home regarding privacy issues.  In what some called a “YouTube exemption” to the privacy policy at WhiteHouse.gov, YouTube was apparently permitted to plant tracking cookies on the computers of visitors to the White House site.  When objections were raised, the policy was quickly amended to limit the placement of cookies only on machines that actually click on the video.  The debate seems to point to the tricky nature of balancing the optimal privacy policy with the transparency of the actual terms of that policy.   More on the issue is here.
  • In what may be the first of its kind corporate policy, Ireland’s largest ISP, Eircom, has agreed to implement a “three strikes and you’re shut down” policy for P2P file sharers.  The policy is the result of a settlement in a lawsuit against Eircom that was broght by the Irish branches of EMI, Warner, Universal and Sony.  While the concept of a graduated response has been debated before (it was actually specifically rejected by the European Parliament last year), Eircom now appears to be set to be the first ISP in the world to voluntarily cut off P2P users without court orders.    For more on this issue, read here.
  • North Carolina joins a list of states now considering charging sales tax on digital downloads to help raise revenue for the state – a move that could deter customers who are already facing tough times.  More details here.
  • In a move that is being widely criticized, Cox Communications, the third-largest cable company, has announced plans to test a system to manage Internet congestion by rating traffic based on its urgency and importance.   Coincidentally, Google released a new set of tools to enable users to find out if their ISPs are hindering traffic.  Read here for more.

Comments Off

Nov 18 2008

Technology and the Obama Administration

Published by admin at 12:53 pm under Technology

While there are clearly more pressing issues to be addressed immediately after the inauguration (the economy, anyone??), the incoming Obama administration has a detailed, comprehensive roadmap already in place to guide its technology policies and initiatives.  This probably should not come as a surprise considering how Obama leveraged technology and the Web to transform presidential politics during the campaign (remember the campaign ad that appeared in Burnout Paradise on the Xbox 360?).  

Continue Reading »

Comments Off

Next »

Game Break!

Tetrollapse Light - Flash Game
Sorry, you will need the <a href="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer/" target="_blank">Flash Player</a> to play this game.
Add Games to your own site More Flash Games!