Archive for March, 2011

TPRC Issues Final Call for Abstracts for September Conference at GMU Law

Uncategorized March 31st, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2011 – TPRC, an annual conference on communications, information, and Internet policy, issued a final call for abstracts for submissions to its annual conference in September. Abstracts should be submitted for consideration by midnight Thursday.

Brookings Panel Debates Wireless Spectrum Policy, AT&T-T-Mobile Deal

Congress, FCC, Media ownership, Spectrum, Wireless March 31st, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2011 – The Brookings Institution assembled leading telecommunications experts and business representatives on Wednesday to discuss the future of spectrum policy and the impending merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

Barton, Markey to Wireless Carriers: ‘Do You Track Customers’ Location Info?’

Congress, House of Representatives, Privacy, Wireless March 31st, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2011 – Reps. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX), Co-Chairmen of the House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus sent letters Tuesday to Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T asking the wireless companies to disclose how the firms collect and stored user location data.

The letters to all four major wireless carriers were sent response to a recent story in the New York Times, which reported that the German mobile provider Deutsche Telekom tracked the locations of German politicians.

Deep Divisions Between Firms Large and Small Remain Over House Patent Reform Bill

Intellectual Property, Patents March 31st, 2011

After six years of consideration, multiple hearings, and two changes of party control of the House, stakeholders in the great patent reform debate still can’t agree on how to modernize U.S. law to stifle abuse of the system, and to streamline the process of awarding patents.

Google To Launch Ultra High-Speed Broadband Pilot Program in Kansas City, Kansas

Broadband's Impact, Education, Health March 30th, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 – Google announced Wednesday that it would launch a ultra high-speed network – which is capable of speeds more than 100 times faster than typical residential broadband – in Kansas City, Kansas, with service expected to begin sometime in 2012.

Dodd Addresses Movie ‘Theft’ In First Speech as MPAA Chief

Copyright, Intellectual Property, Media March 30th, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 – Harkening to the days of the director, Cecil B. DeMille, CEO and Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd, delivered his first talk as chief of the organization to theater owners in Las Vegas about the importance of preventing movie theft.

Theft from individuals surreptitiously recording movies in theaters and distributing them either in hard copy or on the internet represents the greatest threat to one of the strongest sectors of the American economy, claimed the former Connecticut Senator.

U.S. Should Look To Europe For Blueprint For Digital Universal Library, Says Harvard University Library’s Director

Copyright, Intellectual Property March 30th, 2011

Congress needs to enact Orphan Works legislation, and well-endowed charitable foundations need to step up to the plate to fund infrastructure for decentralized access to digitized books, says cultural historian and Harvard University Library Director Robert Darnton in a new essay in the New York Review of Books.

Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition Holds Broadband Summit

Broadband Mapping, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Congress, Education, Health, House of Representatives, NTIA, Senate, States, Universal Service March 30th, 2011

WASHINGTON March 30, 2011- The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition assembled broadband stimulus award winners and government officials for their inaugural broadband summit on Tuesday to share solutions and success in solving digital literacy and adoption issues.

The SHLBC, formed two years ago, comprises libraries, hospitals, schools, non-profit groups and corporations that seek to further broadband availability for community anchor institutions.

Time Warner Cable Launches New Publicity Campaign Defending iPad App

Copyright, Intellectual Property March 29th, 2011

Time Warner Cable on Monday defended the legality of its new iPad app and launched a publicity campaign promoting it.

Amazon.com Boldly Goes Where No Big Service Has Gone Before By Launching Music Service In The Cloud

Copyright, Intellectual Property March 29th, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, March 29, 2011 — Amazon.com on Tuesday launched a new ‘cyberlocker’ service that allows music lovers and owners to remotely access their music collections on any device of their choosing.

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