Archive for November, 2010

Three Democratic Senators Press for Action on Network Neutrality

FCC, Net Neutrality November 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2010 – Three Democratic senators on Tuesday sent a letter to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission urging him to “guarantee network neutrality” by the end of the year.

Connect America Fund Threatens Rural States’ Telephone Subsidies

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, States, Universal Service November 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON, November 29, 2010 – As the next phases of the National Broadband Plan draw near, states with significant rural area have expressed concern that they may lose funds vital to affordable telephone service.

Hollywood Finally Finds A Powerful, Versatile Friend In Silicon Valley

Copyright November 23rd, 2010

Direct, personal relationships without lawyers as intermediaries appears to be one of the keys to Netflix’s runaway success with its online movie streaming service, according to Greg Sandoval, CNET’s Media Maverick columnist.

Spotify, Popular European Music Service, Under Pressure To Launch in the U.S.

Copyright November 23rd, 2010

Swedish online music streaming start-up Spotify is under pressure to launch in the United States, according to the Financial Times.

Denver Post To The-Audience-Formerly-Known-As-Readers: Don’t Rip Us Off

Copyright November 22nd, 2010

The Denver Post is apparently trying to prop up its web site traffic by reminding readers of what the legal concept of fair-use really means.

Report: Oracle Urges Jury To Award $1.7 Billion For Software Theft

Copyright November 22nd, 2010

Oracle’s high-profile white-collar legal counsel David Boies on Monday told a jury in Oakland that it should award the company $1.7 billion in damages because rival SAP deliberately encouraged a subsidiary to illegally download and copy hundreds of thousands of versions of Oracle software in 2005, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News.

NCTA President McSlarrow to Step Down Early Next Year

Broadband Updates, People November 22nd, 2010

WASHINGTON, November 22, 2010 – Kyle McSlarrow, president & CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, has announced he plans to leave his position in the spring. He has been at the helm of the group since March 1, 2005.

Public Safety, Industry Representatives Clash On Reallocation Of D Block

Broadband Calendar, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum November 18th, 2010

Public safety leaders and industry lobbyists clashed today during a Washington breakfast on whether the 700 megahertz band D block should be reallocated to public safety or reauctioned.

During the sometimes-testy Broadband Breakfast Club event, the speakers disagreed on whether public safety agencies need control over additional spectrum, with the industry representatives pointing to narrowband channels currently licensed to public safety and the public safety officials stressing the need for that spectrum for narrowband voice operations for years to come.

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Domain Name Blocking Bill Aimed At Curbing Online Piracy

Copyright November 18th, 2010

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2010 – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would provide the U.S. Justice Department with enhanced powers to quickly block the domain names and third party enablers of web sites that it deems are dedicated to the piracy of intellectual property.

Internet’s Founding Architects: Latest U.S. Senate Effort To Block Online Pirates Will Instigate Internet Chaos

Copyright, Intellectual Property November 18th, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, November 18th, 2010 — The U.S. Senate’s latest battle plan against intellectual property piracy online could gain traction and be approved by the body’s Judiciary Committee Thursday, but a large group of the internet’s founding architects are warning that the plan’s technical approach would wreak havoc and destabilize the global network.

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