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September 2010

Fiber/International

House Passes Bill Addressing Scarcity of Rare Earth Minerals – a Key Component in Many Electronic Devices

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2010 - The House on Wednesday approved H.R. 6160, the Rare Earths and Critical Materials Revitalization Act by a vote of 325 to 98. The bill authorizes research to address the supply scarcity of rare earth minerals, a category of materials key to a wide range of applications in fields such as energy, military, electronic and manufacturing technologies. Keep Reading

Copyright

Will the US and China Share A Similar Model When Attacking IP Pirates Online?

San Francisco, September 29, 2010 -- A legislative proposal to allow the US' top cop to seize the web addresses of sites that authorities deem are dedicated to pirating intellectual property bears a remarkable resemblance to a crackdown currently underway in China against online pirates. A bipartisan group of 10 U.S. senators last week introduced legislation that would enable the U.S. Justice Department to render inaccessible Web sites judged to be dedicated to intellectual property infringement. Keep Reading

Copyright

ASCAP Music Licensing Fees Voided for Yahoo, RealNetworks

SAN FRANCISCO, September 28, 2010 —  A U.S. rate-setting court’s formula for establishing the fees that Yahoo! and RealNetworks must pay the nation’s dominant music licensing group is fundamentally flawed because it uses inconsistent data sets and because the benchmarks it uses aren’t relevant or comparable, said a U.S. appeals court Tuesday. “The district court… Keep Reading

On Tuesday Morning, Illinois Broadband Advocates Gather for Better Broadband and Better Lives

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, September 28, 2010 - Broadband high-speed internet services are stimulating the economy, creating jobs and enhancing lives in Illinois through enhanced telemedicine, training, and public safety benefits. On Tuesday, dozens of federal broadband stimulus recipients will gather together in Springfield, Illinois, to celebrate and plan how more than $351 million in federal, state and private investment will be used to build infrastructure and frontline programs to eliminate the digital divide. The historic assembly will be webcast live on broadbandillinois.org at 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT. The program will also be streamed on the Illinois Channel, and the home page of the State of Illinois. The direct link to the stream is http://www.state.il.us/streaming/broadband-092810.asx (available at 9:50 a.m. CT). Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Recovery Act

Final Round of Broadband Data Funding Announced

WASHINGTON September 27, 2010 - NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickling has announced the final list broadband data grants. The final set of grants will provide additional funding to each of the state’s designated mapping entities. “As Congress recognized, many communities are being left behind in the 21st Century economy and need improved broadband access and adoption to compete,” said Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling. “Each state has unique broadband challenges, and these investments will support solutions developed by the states to harness the power of technology so that local businesses can thrive and residents can enjoy a better quality of life.” Keep Reading

President Obama Gives Nod to Power of Internet in U.N. Speech

WASHINGTON, September 24, 2010 - President Obama gave a tip of the hat to the internet in a lengthy speech before the United Nations on Thursday that addressed a wide variety of global topics. He said it's important to "call out those who suppress ideas and serve as a voice for those who are voiceless," adding that the United States will promote new tools of communication so that "people are empowered to connect with one another and, in repressive societies, to do so with security." Keep Reading

FCC/Wireless

FCC Order Improves 911 Call Location Information

WASHINGTON, September 23, 2010 - The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to improve the ability of 911 call centers, or Public Safety Answering Points, to quickly locate wireless 911 callers and dispatch emergency responders to assist them during emergencies. Keep Reading

Uncertainty Over Net Neutrality Makes it the ‘Black Hole’ of Telecom Policy

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Wednesday released the video, for free, of the first Broadband Breakfast Club event of the monthly event foum's third season, on the issue of net neutrality and broadband regulation. The panelists at the event, "Title I, Title II: How Should Broadband Be Classified?" included a medley of almost all conceivable views about broadband regulation. Keep Reading

Copyright

Justice Dept Could Shutter Infringing Web Sites With Court Orders Against Domain Name Registrars

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21, 2010 -- A bipartisan group of 10 US senators on Monday introduced legislation that would enable the US Justice Department to render inaccessible Web sites judged to be dedicated to intellectual property infringement. The legislation would enable Justice to seek a preliminary injunction against domain name registrars, which would have to suspend access to the domains hosting infringing material, or that are trafficking in infringing material. The legislation would require the US attorney general to notify the federal intellectual property enforcement co-coordinator of the injunctions, and the coordinator would in turn be required to post the names of the suspended sites on a public web site. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/International

Global Broadband Group Calls for Making Access to High-Speed Networks a Basic Civil Right

WASHINGTON, September 20, 2010 - Broadband is tomorrow’s fountain of innovation that can underpin long-term economic competitiveness, said International Telecommunications Union Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure on Sunday in New York. At the second meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development over the weekend, Toure also challenged global leaders to ensure that more than half of the world's people have access to broadband networks by 2015, and make access to high-speed networks a basic civil right. Keep Reading

Hands On or Hands Off? Future of Broadband Regulation at Breakfast Club

WASHINGTON, September 20, 2010 - The Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, September 21, will feature a discussion about the future of broadband, and how it is regulated. Among the panelists who will face off at the event, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Clyde's of Gallery Place, are officials from Public Knowledge, the Phoenix Center, Georgetown University and the Computer and Communications Industry Association. Keep Reading

FCC/Transparency/Wireless

FCC Offers Online Tool to Search Licenses

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2010 – The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday unveiled a tool allowing anyone to view licenses overseen by the agency. A quick tour of www.fcc.gov/licenseview, shows that there are about 3 million total managed licenses, of which about 2 million are active. Keep Reading

Copyright

U.S. Copyright Chief Marybeth Peters, Who Presided Over Office’s Expansive Influence, to Retire

SAN FRANCISCO, September 13, 2010 — The U.S. top policy chief in charge of steering and influencing the nation's positions on copyright issues is to retire by the end of the year, the copyright office announced Monday. Marybeth Peters became Register in 1994, which the copyright office said is the second-longest term served by anyone other than the first Register ever Thorvald Solberg. Keep Reading

Russian Authorities Use Anti-piracy Raids On Behalf of Microsoft To Suppress Dissidents

Russian police are using anti-piracy raids on behalf of Microsoft to suppress dissent, according to a Saturday report in the New York Times. The paper reports that police in January raided the offices of an environmental group in Irkutsk, near Lake Baikal, and confiscated the group's computers claiming that the group had been using pirated software. Keep Reading

Copyright

Pioneers To Gather To Chart The Future of Music

SAN FRANCISCO, September 13, 2010 - Back in 2000, Public Enemy's Chuck D proclaimed on Charlie Rose that file-sharing heralded a new era in the music business. "The power is going back to the people," he said. Chuck D was debating Metallica's drummer Lars Ullrich, whose band had filed a lawsuit against Napster. Ullrich told Rose that his main concern was one of control. Fans can't just loot music online, he argued, and besides, file-sharing is wrong because it enriches everyone involved except for the artists themselves. Metallica ultimately settled. But a decade later, Chuck D and Public Enemy are still struggling to build a viable business model out of the "power to the people" motto. Keep Reading

Copyright/Uncategorized

Court Ruling Recasts Notion of Ownership of Books, Movies, Music, Software in Digital Age

SAN FRANCISCO, September 10, 2010 -- A federal appeals court ruling on Friday could eventually end the huge secondary market that has bloomed online in used books, software, and other forms of media both physical and digital when it said a software company can use its licenses to control the re-sale of their products. The panel of three judges for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously decided that Autodesk's software license trumped the "first sale" doctrine encapsulated in federal law. This appears to give companies more leeway to license more of their products rather than simply selling them and giving up control. Keep Reading

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