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How Internet Companies Are Driving a Public Utility Regulation Approach to Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – In what would have seemed highly unlikely just a few months ago, growing support for public utility regulation is emerging. Tech companies, politicians, internet service providers, and component makers have started to outline their views regarding their policy approach to the issue of net neutrality. In order to understand the… Keep Reading

Broadband Roundup

Broadband Roundup: Comcast-Time Warner Controversy, Netflix vs. Verizon, and Sprint Merger Woes

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 – The proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable continues to stir up controversy. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, whose members include internet giants Google and Yahoo, sent a letter to Sen. Al Franken asking regulators to stop the acquisition as it would give the merged entity “increased incentive… Keep Reading

Broadband Roundup: AT&T Won’t Block Internet, Google and Vodafone Working to ‘Seal Cracks’ in Net

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 – In a blog post on Friday, AT&T gave its assurance that paid prioritization was not part of the telecommnications gianits plans. “Not a single [internet service provider] has asserted a desire or right to engage in any of these practices to create ‘fast lanes and slow lanes.’  AT&T certainly has… Keep Reading

Intellectual Property

Google, Microsoft, Obama Admin team Up To Fight Drug Counterfeiters Online

The Obama administration, alongside a group of 11 key technology companies on Tuesday unveiled a new non-profit group aimed at cracking down on online “pharmacies” that sell fake drugs. “Trafficking in counterfeits is not victimless,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at the White House Intellectual Property Summit on Tuesday. “The Justice department is committed… 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

Copyright

Don’t Turn YouTube Into The Boob-Tube, Plead Its Users

SAN FRANCISCO, June 1, 2010 - A group of individuals who have successfully used YouTube to gain prominence in their fields on Friday jumped into the legal fight between media giants Viacom and Google to persuade a federal district court judge that YouTube is a legitimate tool rather than a tool used primarily to pirate popular forms of televised and filmed entertainment. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

Yahoo, Microsoft Look To Merge Search Operations; Google Gets More Personal

WASHINGTON, December 7, 2009 - While Yahoo and Microsoft announced Friday they remain hopeful they will be able to conclude a deal that would allow Microsoft to power Yahoo search and Yahoo to take over search advertising sales for both companies, Google said Friday it is making a number of enhancements to its search engine including personalizing the search experience. ComScore, a digital marketing intelligence company, found in September 2009 that Google sites led the U.S. core search market with 64.9 percent of the searches conducted, followed by Yahoo sites nabbing 18.8 percent, Microsoft sites with 9.4 percent, Ask Network and AOL each capturing between 3 and 4 percent of the market. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/Privacy

Social Networks’ Explosive Growth Revives Decades-Long Debate On Digital Privacy

SAN FRANCISCO, December 2, 2009 - The phenomenal growth of online social networks is finally moving the decades-long debate over the nature of privacy in the digital world forward, said legal experts at an annual conference on innovation in San Francisco on Tuesday. Congress has threatened to enact and revamp consumer privacy laws for decades, but the complexity of the task has generally stumped the body, except for the areas of finance and health. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

At FTC, Experts Address The Troubled State Of Journalism and the Internet

WASHINGTON, December 1, 2009 - Experts from the private sector, nonprofit groups and the government gathered Tuesday at the Federal Trade Commission for the start of a two-day workshop focused on the troubled state of the media industry and how the business models will change going forward. “Since the beginning of our Republic, journalism has been essential to making democracy work,” FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said (PDF) in opening remarks. His point is largely agreed upon by many involved in discussions centered around the media. But there is not a consensus on how media business models will evolve down the road or on whether the government should become more involved in the industry. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/Privacy

Turkey Wants To Be The Internet Gatekeeper For Its Citizens

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2009 - Turkey’s government is working on a project that would give every child a designated email address at birth, according to reports coming from the country’s state news agency late Monday. Turkey is also looking to develop a homegrown Internet search engine to address government national security concerns related to citizens using search engines based in foreign countries. Keep Reading

Agenda for FTC Workshop of Fate of Journalism Features Murdoch and Huffington

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday released the agenda and speakers for its upcoming workshop, “From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?” The workshop has been organized to consider the emerging issues of an increasingly internet oriented society. As more consumers turn to the internet for news and information, print news organizations have begun to struggle with the declining ad market. Besides the simple economics of the matter, as online news expands many wonder how the two news formats can successfully coexist. Keep Reading

Smart Grid

United Kingdom Defines Carbon Neutrality for the First Time

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2009 - The government of the United Kingdom defined the term “carbon neutral” this month after holding a public consultation on the subject. The Department of Energy and Climate Change, which was established in 2008, said that “carbon neutral means that – through a transparent process of calculating emissions, reducing those emissions and offsetting residual emissions – net carbon emissions equal zero.” Keep Reading

Internet Phone Calls to be Legalized In United Arab Emirates

A technology that allows a user to make phone calls using a broadband internet connection instead of an analog phone line could soon become legal in the United Arab Emirates for the first time in years, according to an Arab news web site. International internet-based calls using voice over internet protocol (VoIP) through providers such as Skype and Yahoo have been illegal in the UAE since 2004 and the related Web sites have been blocked, Maktoob.com reported last month. Keep Reading

Smart Grid

Net Neutrality Step Aside, Carbon Neutrality Is Moving In

WASHINGTON, November 9, 2009 - While some tech companies have sought to reduce their carbon footprint in the world, a number of them have been reluctant to do this. Instead, they have been buying into environmentally-friendly projects meant to offset their carbon emissions. While technology companies have considered carbon offset projects, such as investing in a forest sequestration project to balance out there carbon emissions, more are opting to place greater emphasis on developing innovative solutions to reduce energy consumption within company walls. Keep Reading

Introducing BroadbandCensus.com's People Column: Facebook Makes Changes

As Facebook increases its Washington presence, Andrew Noyes will be putting the pen down to join the company next month as manager of public policy communications. Noyes has been a reporter for National Journal Group since 2006 where he worked first for the now-dead Technology Daily publication, and later for CongressDaily. Also on the Facebook team is Tim Sparapani, director of public policy, and Adam Conner. Keep Reading

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