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  • Net Neutrality Launches under FCC’s ‘Ministry of Innovation’

    06/16/2015 11:41:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/16/15 | Chriss W. Street
    The media silence was deafening on Friday as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched “Net Neutrality” regulations–possibly the most far-reaching and intrusive regulatory action of the 21st century. When Breitbart News published “Everybody Equal, But Google Much More Equal” in February, revealing how the FCC’s Democratic majority gave Google the “heads up” on the secret regulations and allowed executives to tweak the deal, there was a huge uproar. But now that the Internet is under the FCC’s “Ministry of Innovation,” the media seem to have moved on. As Seton Motley noted at RedState, there was no mention in the tech...
  • Obama has an offer that AT&T can't refuse

    06/08/2015 4:55:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/8/15 | Washington Examiner
    AT&T wants to make a deal. America's second-largest mobile telephone provider and its largest landline provider wants to purchase DirecTV, the satellite television provider, for $49 billion. Regulators routinely have to sign off on such mega-deals. At least in theory, they do so in the interest of protecting the freedom of the marketplace from monopolistic practices. But in this case, the regulators are not protecting consumers — instead, the Washington Post reported last week, the Federal Communications Commission appears to be using this deal as a bargaining chip to buy off one of the larger and better-funded sources of opposition...
  • FCC Commissioner: Feds May Come for Drudge [Isaiah 29]

    05/04/2015 11:25:00 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 25 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/4/2015 | Rudy Takala
    ( – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) member Ajit Pai said over the weekend that he foresees a future in which federal regulators will seek to regulate websites based on political content, using the power of the FCC or Federal Elections Commission (FEC). He also revealed that his opposition to “net neutrality” regulations had resulted in personal harassment and threats to his family. Speaking on a panel at the annual “Right Online” conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Pai told audience members, “I can tell you it has not been an easy couple of months personally. My address has been publicly...
  • Anyone else experiencing slower Internet / bandwidth?

    03/14/2015 8:00:09 PM PDT · by jsanders2001 · 75 replies
    I have noticed a significantly slower Internet bandwidth speed lately. I'm decently savvy with computer. I have cleared the cache, checked for browset helper objects, viruses, trojans, reset the modem and router and have connected directly from the modem to the computer; still have a slow connection. Even disconnected other computers and access points on the network. I called my ISP and they say they haven't had any outages. So my question - is anyone experiencing this?
  • Taiwanese Cartoon Captures Ridiculousness of Net Neutrality

    03/01/2015 12:26:22 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 24 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 2/28/15 | Amy Miller
    This week, the FCC voted 3-2 in favor of implementing net neutrality policies. These rules will prevent internet service providers like Verizon or Comcast from blocking or throttling traffic, ban giving priority to providers who are willing to pay for faster service, and reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. This means that internet service will now be regulated under stricter, utility-based laws the government currently uses to control wired telephone and other similar services. The pro-NN moves made by the FCC have come under attack from both activists, and members of Congress. A recent poll shows that only 1 in...
  • Bishops Praise Net Neutrality Ruling (Surprise .... Not!)

    02/27/2015 6:41:11 AM PST · by NYer · 66 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 27, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    WASHINGTON – For years, top Catholic bishops have argued for stronger federal oversight of the Internet superhighway. The alternative is intolerable, they said; big cable companies will force noncommercial religious speakers to pay more or assign them to slower lanes. On Thursday, the bishops saw their dream move one step closer to reality after the Federal Communications Commission voted for strict network neutrality or “open Internet” rules. Bishop John C. Wester, chairman of the communications committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), endorsed the FCC’s approval in a statement.  “From the inception of the Internet until the...
  • Cuban: FCC Net Regs Will Spill Over, ‘TV As You Know It Is Over’

    02/26/2015 11:01:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 77 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/26/15 | Ian Hanchett
    Dallas Mavericks owner and investor Mark Cuban predicted that proposed FCC Internet regulations will end up impacting TV and “your TV as you know it is over” on Thursday’s “Squawk Alley” on CNBC. Cuban began by predicting “the courts will rule the Internet for the next however many years.” He then explained, “let’s just take it all the way through its logical conclusion. All bits are bits, all bits are equal. If all bits are equal, then let’s look at what a stream bit is an example. So when Henry and I do an interview, and it’s streamed lived on...
  • Eleventh-hour drama for net neutrality rules

    02/24/2015 5:52:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    the hill ^ | 02/24/15 | Julian Hattem
    A Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission wants to see changes that could narrow the scope of new net neutrality rules set for a vote on Thursday. Mignon Clyburn, one of three Democrats on the FCC, has asked Chairman Tom Wheeler to roll back some of his provisions before the full commission votes on them, FCC officials said. The request — which Wheeler has yet to respond to — puts the chairman in the awkward position of having to either roll back his proposals, or defend the tough rules and convince Clyburn to back down. It’s an ironic spot for...
  • Obama´s regs will make Internet slow as in Europe, warn FCC, FEC commissioners

    02/23/2015 7:44:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/23/15 | Paul Bedard
    As the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Election Commission toy with regulating aspects of the Internet, critics on those agencies are warning that speed and freedom of speech are in jeopardy. In a joint column, Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai and Federal Election Commission member Lee Goodman, leveled the boom on the Obama-favored regulations, essentially charging that it will muck up the freedom the nation has come to expect from the Internet. In one key passage of the column published in Politico, the duo wrote Monday that heavy-handed FCC regulations like those imposed in Europe will significantly slow down
  • FCC Commissioner: ‘If You Like Your Wireless Plan, You Should Be Able to Keep It’

    02/19/2015 5:40:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/19/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is out with a new message to fight net neutrality: “If you like your wireless plan, you should be able to keep it.” Borrowing the phrase from President Obama, the Republican commissioner penned an op-ed with Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) Joshua Wright, raising concerns with Obama’s 332-page plan to regulate the Internet. While the president insists his plan is for a “free and open Internet,” Pai and Wright said net neutrality is anything but. “If you like your wireless plan, you should be able to keep it. But new federal regulations may take away your freedom...
  • Net U.S. Job Gains Since The Recession Have Gone To Foreign-Born Workers

    02/06/2015 3:08:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/6/15 | Caroline May
    In the months and years since the recession began in December 2007, foreign-born workers have experienced a net increase in employment, while native-born Americans have experienced a net loss. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released updated employment data Friday. The new BLS figures reveal that since the start of the recession in 2007 — which is said to have ended in June 2009 — the number of foreign workers employed in the United States rose by 1.7 million. In December 2007 the number of foreign-born workers was 22,810,000 by January 2009 the number has increased to 24,553,000. Meanwhile the number...
  • GOP makes U-turn on net neutrality

    01/16/2015 6:14:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | January 16, 2015 | Kate Tummarelllo
    Republicans in Congress are doing a 180 on net neutrality as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to issue new rules within weeks. For years, GOP lawmakers have adamantly opposed any rules requiring Internet service providers to treat all Web traffic equally, calling them unnecessary and an example of Washington overreach. But now that the FCC is moving toward issuing a tough net neutrality order that would subject broadband to utility-style regulation — an approach endorsed by President Barack Obama — top Republicans in both chambers are making plans to legislate their own rules to ensure the agency doesn’t go too...
  • Microsoft to open source more of .NET, and bring it to Linux, Mac OS X

    11/13/2014 7:36:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 11/13/2014 | By Mary Jo Foley
    Microsoft is planning to open source the full server-side .NET core stack and to take that open-sourced .NET core to Linux and Mac OS X, alongside Windows.Microsoft officials announced the company's latest .NET programming-model plans on the opening day of the Connect(); developer-focused event on November 12.In April 2014, Microsoft announced plans to open source a number of its developer technologies, including ASP.NET, the Roslyn .NET compiler platform, the .NET Micro Framework, .NET Rx and the VB and C# programming languages. Microsoft officials said they planned to make these technologies available via a newly created .Net Foundation.Today, the company is adding...
  • The FCC Issues its Proposal On Net Neutrality; Protesters Are Tossed from Hearing

    05/17/2014 10:02:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/17/14 | tyler durden
    Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, As spring unfolds here in the Northern Hemisphere, the future of the free and open Internet hangs in the balance. As such, I strongly believe everyone should have at least some understanding of what is at stake. When most people hear or read the words “net neutrality” their eyes glaze over with a feeling of confusion and despair: “I can’t remember, am I supposed to be for or against this?” This is exactly how the lawyers and lobbyists in D.C. want it, but unless the citizenry is informed we could lose the...
  • The net is very slow tonight... You?

    09/04/2013 5:49:44 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 43 replies
    9.4.13/ | chickensoup
    Net very slow here. Is it local or regional or national?
  • How we became a net petroleum exporter again

    12/19/2011 8:47:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12/19/11 | Jazz Shaw
    This one will probably come as a surprise to many of you. Despite the best (read: worst) efforts of the Obama administration and the counter-intuitive nature of what you’re paying for gas and heating bills this winter, the United States is on track to be a net exporter of petroleum products for the first time in more than half a century. The U.S. exported more oil-based fuels than it imported in the first nine months of this year, making it likely that 2011 will be the first time since 1949 that the nation is a net exporter of such goods,...
  • Action Needed: Obama's Internet Takeover to Begin Nov. 20

    09/28/2011 2:06:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Grassfire Nation | Grassfire Nation []
    Late last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took what is being called "the final step" towards implementing their illegal Net Neutrality regulations. You may recall, that back on December 21, the FCC bypassed government regulations and seized control of the Internet -- delivering what many believe is a knockout blow to one of the last, great free-market frontiers our nation and the world has ever seen. According to the organization Less Government, regardless of a multiple lawsuits, a move by the House of Representatives and a D.C. Circuit Court unanimously ruling that the FCC had no authority to take...
  • Net Neutrality Rules Clear Final Barrier, Head for Implementation

    09/16/2011 7:57:12 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2011-09-13 | [Staff]
    ...In fact, Section 706 calls for the expansion of broadband via deregulation, not further regulations. The Court of Appeals for D.C. even ruled that Net Neutrality cannot be justified under this particular section of the Telecommunications Act. As has been seen in The Netherlands, Net Neutrality is extremely detrimental to the telecommunications industry. The largest Dutch wireless company, KPN, has been forced to increase their prices by a significant percentage in order to recoup their financial losses as a result of the new, onerous regulations. In the current economic status, furthering the financial and regulatory burden on companies, and, consequently,...
  • Nancy Pelosi Reported Net Worth Triples in Last Two Years

    08/19/2011 10:16:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | 8/19/11 | Bluegrass Pundit
    It's nice to know someone is prospering during the 'Obama years'. The rest of us are watching our home values and retirement investments plummet. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reported a minimum net worth for 2010 that was more than 50 percent higher than the prior year, according to personal financial disclosure forms made public by the Clerk of the House on Wednesday. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) also saw a healthy growth in his minimum net worth, but the total change in his case is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, while Pelosi’s is in the millions. Pelosi, who...
  • FCC Stalls on Details of its Net Neutrality Power Grab

    03/08/2011 1:59:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/8/11 | Seton Motley
    We have discussed quite a bit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s December 21 unauthorized, unilateral Internet power grab – instigated and rammed through by its Chairman Julius Genachowski so as to impose the ridiculous notion that is Network Neutrality. We have time and again demonstrated how untethered to Reality the attempted imposition of Net Neutrality on the working Web actually is. Meanwhile, the Media Marxists have incessantly scolded us – for in fact more than six years now – that the end of the Internet as we know it was nigh unless we immediately imposed Net Neutrality. During which time...
  • Protests in Egypt Spark Fears in Cuba Over Growing Internet Opposition Movements

    02/10/2011 9:18:32 PM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies ^ | February 10, 2011 | Serafin Gomez
    As a result, the Castro regime has intensified its crackdown on dissident groups in an attempt to ensure that what is happening in Cairo will not happen in Havana, according to some observers. "We do see instances of repression starting since the Egyptian upheaval. There have been brutal beatings on dissidents," said Susel Perez, of the Cuba Transition Project, at the University of Miami. " It is a direct sign from the Cuban government that this is something that will not be tolerated on the island." In a 53-minute video leaked last week, a Cuban counter-intelligence staffer warned an audience...
  • American Public Sides With Google, Not Government, on Search Neutrality

    01/22/2011 3:21:54 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Fast Company ^ | 1/10/11 | Austin Carr
    Search neutrality, the belief that search results ought to be impartial, is quickly becoming a hot-button issue in Washington. Critics have accused Internet giants Bing and Google of producing self-serving results, implying that, say, the latter engine's algorithm has been tweaked to push links to Google Maps or YouTube, rather than a competitor's site. Though Google has denied any such action, the question now is: Should federal authorities be tasked with regulating search results on Google and Bing, or might that amount to a "government takeover" of the Internet? According to a new report by Rasmussen, the vast majority of...
  • House Republican Introduces Bill to Block FCC’s ‘Internet Grab’

    01/06/2011 4:06:35 PM PST · by PROCON · 66 replies ^ | Jan. 6, 2011 | Capitol Confidential
    Rep. Marsha Blackburn introduced legislation Wednesday to deny the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulatory oversight over the Internet, which the Tennessee Republican insisted was the “sole prerogative of Congress” to administer. “I agree that the Internet faces a number of challenge, ” Blackburn said in a release. “Only Congress can address those challenges without compounding them. Until we do, the FCC and other federal bureaucracies should keep their hands off the ‘net.”
  • Net neutrality rules a blow to free markets

    12/21/2010 11:19:43 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies · 2+ views
    reuters ^ | 12/21/10 | James Pethokoukis
    Milton Friedman had it right. Business is no friend of free markets. The Federal Communication Commission’s “net neutrality” ruling is more evidence of this. What the FCC should have done is called it a year, went on holiday and left the Internet alone. Instead, it found a solution in search of a problem. And that solution was more or less supplied by Verizon and Google last August. To a great extent, the new rules codify that blueprint, which — at least as those companies see things — acknowledged both the inevitability of some government rule-making and the need to better...
  • Sen. Hutchison moves to block funds for FCC on net neutrality rules

    12/16/2010 7:46:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/16/10 | Cecilia Kang
    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.), ranking member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee filed an amendment to an appropriations bill aimed at preventing the Federal Communications Commission from adopting net neutrality regulation. Hutchison's amendment, co-signed by John Ensign (R-Nev.) and six other Republican lawmakers, would "prohibit the FCC from using any appropriated funds to adopt, implement or otherwise litigate any network neutrality based rules, protocols or standards." An FCC spokeswoman declined comment on the amendment.
  • Net Neutrality: Treating the Internet Like a Utility

    12/08/2010 8:56:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    pajamas media ^ | 12/8/10 | Patrick Richardson
    According to a story on PJM by Charlie Martin, in 2004 Comcast and some of the other big providers started looking at what data was being sent, and decided to start throttling down how much data of certain types — most notably streaming audio and video — people could receive. This tended to irritate people who watch their favorite shows on Hulu or movies on Netflix (I happen to be one of the people who prefers his shows this way). Thus, the push for net neutrality began. On its face, the idea of net neutrality seems like a good one:...
  • Just What Do They Mean by ‘Net Neutrality’?

    12/08/2010 8:55:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    pajamas media ^ | 12/8/10 | Charlie Martin
    On December 1, FCC Commission Chair Julius Genachowski made a speech announcing proposed rules through which the FCC proposed to establish “net neutrality.” There is much controversy about the rules and about “net neutrality” in general. The frustrating part: when you examine the arguments closely, it’s clear that no two commentators appear to be talking about the same thing. So what does “net neutrality” mean? To answer that question, first of all we need to understand a little bit about the Internet and how it works. (More technical readers can skip this section, or just amuse yourselves observing the simplifications...
  • WikiLeaks: net closes on Julian Assange as Scotland Yard receive full arrest papers

    12/06/2010 11:54:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 12/6/10 | Staff
    Scotland Yard has received the paperwork required to arrest Julian Assange as the net tightens on the WikiLeaks founder. A fresh European Arrest Warrant has been issued by the authorities in Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over claims of sexual assault. Mark Stephens, who represents the 39-year-old Australian former computer hacker, said he would fight any move to extradite his client. But the move means there is no longer any legal impediment to holding Mr Assange and making him appear before City of Westminster Magistrates' Court.
  • Net job impact of stimulus zero, from SF Federal Reserve study

    12/05/2010 4:09:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/5/10 | Richard Baehr
    A study by Daniel J. Wilson of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, suggests that the net job creation from the $814 billion stimulus bill passed in February, 2009, was zero by August 2010. (snip)his is an astounding result, which destroys the Paul Krugman argument that the economy would be so much better right now, if only Congress had approved much more spending in February 2009
  • Forging a deal for net neutrality

    09/19/2010 8:40:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Virginia Pilot ^ | 9/19/10 | Staff
    The Federal Communications Commission has extended a comment period on restricting Internet service providers from playing favorites. The extension marks yet another delay in what has become a tortured pursuit of rules to keep the Internet as it is now - open and accessible for everyone. The issue is no small matter; a decision to impose regulations will ripple beyond the lives of most Americans. Net neutrality rules, if properly drafted, will safeguard the universal access and competition that have made the Internet such an engine for innovation.
  • Net neutrality comes back to haunt Google

    07/13/2010 4:29:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Financial Times ^ | July 13 2010 | Richard Waters
    Google has become the main advocate in Washington for a set of regulations to prevent internet service providers favouring particular companies’ traffic. However, that campaign, over what is known as “net neutrality”, has handed a gift to its own detractors. This year, “search neutrality” has become the rallying cry of activists who believe that Google has too much power to decide which internet sites are granted the attention that comes with a high search ranking, and which are consigned to outer darkness. After regulating the “pipes” of the internet with net neutrality, says Frank Pasquale, a professor at Seton Hall...
  • Engulfing the Internet: FCC takes next step to neutralize the net

    06/17/2010 6:51:29 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 63 replies · 1,059+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 6.17.10 @ 6:10AM
    Despite opposition by a House of Representatives majority and a bipartisan group of Senators, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday is expected to proceed with plans to impose federal government regulation of the Internet, which would essentially treat broadband networks -- and the companies that invested more than $200 billion in private capital to deploy them -- as utilities. The commission's chairman, Julius Genachowski, and his staff have insisted that imposing federal regulations originally written in the 1930s for the telephone is the only way the Obama Administration can gain the "kind of oversight and control that we need," says...
  • Java vs .NET : The Professional Software Developer's Survival Guide (The Programmer's Path)

    05/10/2010 7:18:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies · 1,139+ views
    The IT Toolbox ^ | 2010 | Payton Byrd ( Systems Architect)
    Java or .Net? Where are the careers today and tomorrow? Java was the first successful managed programming framework. It was created by Sun Microsystems in an attempt to stop the momentum Microsoft was making into the world of big-dollar corporate computing systems. In the early 1990's, the market for corporate and government "big-iron" computers was extremely fragmented, and Sun was the dominate player with more market share than rivals IBM, HP, and DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation). Microsoft had just begun working with Compaq to use their Windows NT operating system running on beefed up Intel x86 systems to infringe on...
  • FCC to seek net neutrality using new legal framework

    05/06/2010 9:07:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 467+ views
    the hill ^ | 5/6/10 | Tony Romm
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Thursday announced his agency would seek to regain its lost grip on broadband by applying some of the rules that govern phone companies to Internet providers. One month to the day since a federal court stripped the FCC of that authority, setting back the agency's dual goals of expanding broadband access and instituting tough rules to ensure open Internet, Genachowski took the first steps in restoring what he described as "the shared understanding" that the FCC should protect broadband consumers.
  • Americans' net worth up for 3rd straight quarter

    03/11/2010 10:53:26 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies · 331+ views
    breitbart ^ | 3/11/10 | JEANNINE AVERSA and DAVE CARPENTER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans regained more of their shrunken wealth last quarter, mainly because the healing economy boosted stock portfolios. But the gain was less than in the previous two quarters. The Federal Reserve reported Thursday that household net worth rose 1.3 percent in the fourth quarter to $54.2 trillion. It marked the third straight quarter of gains. Net worth had risen by a stronger 4.5 percent in the second quarter of 2009 and by an even faster 5.5 percent in the third quarter.
  • Whitehouse backs away from net neutrality(Call to action: Freep the FCC)

    01/14/2010 8:32:35 AM PST · by bilhosty · 8 replies · 424+ views
    Big Government ^ | 01/14/10 | Capitol Confidential
    With the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expected to conclude this week a comment-seeking exercise relevant to net neutrality rules proposed last fall by Julius Genachowski, top telecommunications and tech policy observers are claiming that the FCC Chairman could be set to receive a major blow. Not only is the momentum in the net neutrality debate increasingly shifting away from proponents, but a number of experts say the White House itself is souring on Genachowski’s plans—a major knock that could signal the death of efforts to advance net neutrality, at least for now.
  • GUNPAL, Inc.: The First Serious Competitor for PayPal Inc.

    11/04/2009 4:04:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 31 replies · 1,470+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3 November, 2009 | Ben Cannon
    HEALDSBURG, Calif., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- "GUNPAL, Inc. is a transaction-neutral online payment platform with a philanthropic spirit," announces Founder/CEO Ben Cannon. "It is also the first serious competitor for PayPal Inc." A percentage of each transaction is donated to a selected charity at no additional cost to the user. The initial list of organizations includes the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, and the Supercomputing Disease Research Center. Users can also suggest charities for consideration. An avid supporter of constitutional rights, Cannon created a discrimination-free online payment application, starting with the recognition of the Second Amendment right to keep...
  • McCain Moves to Block FCC Net Neutrality

    10/23/2009 3:28:23 PM PDT · by BornToBeAmerican · 14 replies · 824+ views
    PCWorld ^ | Oct 23, 2009 | Tony Bradley
    The FCC voted unanimously yesterday to move forward with the debate in an effort to formalize net neutrality guidelines. Senator John McCain followed up by introducing a bill that would prohibit the FCC from governing communications. Oddly, the bill also contains text stating that any regulations in effect on the day before the Internet Freedom Act is officially enacted are grandfathered in and exempt from the provisions of the Internet Freedom Act. The implication seems to be that if the FCC can formalize net neutrality rules before McCain can get the Internet Freedom Act signed into law, the net neutrality...
  • ’Don’t post that!’ - networking etiquette emerges

    09/07/2009 4:29:50 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 30 replies · 1,454+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 09/07/09 | AP unknown author
    Stephanie Kahn wanted to bask in her engagement for a few hours before diving into the task of calling aunts, uncles and good friends with the big news. And even before she could call them, she had a surprise party to attend, one that her fiance had set up for their parents and her "closest group of girlfriends." That party was when Kahn lost control of her news. Some of the guests took photos and were "uploading them on Facebook before I could even post anything," Kahn said from Smyrna, Ga., where she lives. "Of course the next morning I...
  • The Fight for the Survival of Free Speech

    04/29/2009 8:39:13 AM PDT · by Delacon · 30 replies · 1,116+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 4.29.09 | Peter Ferrara
    Most Americans are sleepwalking right now through the early reign of Obama the Magnificant. He tells them he is cutting spending, cutting taxes, and cutting the deficit, and they believe him. When they find in 2010 and 2011 that he deliberately misled them and has been doing just the opposite, and they are deep in the soup as a result, public opinion will turn decisively against him. Meanwhile, our "mainstream media," which should be called the Party Controlled Press, are quite successfully maintaining the smokescreen in promoting the Obama propaganda line, acting as slavishly as Pravda and Izvestia did towards...
  • Google's Gatekeepers

    11/29/2008 4:13:22 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 5 replies · 912+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 28, 2008 | Jeffrey Rosen
    In 2006, Thailand announced it was blocking access to YouTube for anyone with a Thai I.P address, and then identified 20 offensive videos for Google to remove as a condition of unblocking the site. ‘If your whole game is to increase market share,’ says Lawrence Lessig, speaking of Google, ‘it’s hard to . . . gather data in ways that don’t raise privacy concerns or in ways that might help repressive governments to block controversial content.’ In March of last year, Nicole Wong, the deputy general counsel of Google, was notified that there had been a precipitous drop in activity...
  • Golden Gate Bridge officials vote for suicide net

    10/10/2008 9:06:21 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 42 replies · 1,045+ views
    Golden Gate Bridge officials vote for suicide net SAN FRANCISCO — Golden Gate Bridge officials have voted to hang a stainless steel net below the iconic span to stop suicides. The Golden Gate Transportation District's board of directors voted 14-1...
  • CRTC urged to probe 'discriminatory' Internet traffic shaping

    03/28/2008 8:07:51 PM PDT · by em2vn · 7 replies · 322+ views
    national post ^ | 03-28-08 | Matthew Coutts,
    Steps taken by Canadian Internet service providers to shape and control Internet traffic are discriminatory and should be investigated by Canada's telecommunications commission, the National Union of Public and General Employees charged this week. In a letter sent to the CRTC, union president James Clancy said they have become "increasingly concerned about the issue of network neutrality," and asked the commission to investigate the impact on consumers.
  • Comcast: FCC lacks any authority to act on P2P blocking (i.e.: Comcast to FCC: 'Drop dead!')

    03/19/2008 2:04:55 PM PDT · by dickmc · 15 replies · 759+ views
    ars technia ^ | March 18, 2008 | Matthew Lasar
    The man who spoke for Comcast at Harvard last month has told the Federal Communications Commission that the agency has no legal power to stop the cable giant from engaging in what it calls "network management practices" (critics call it peer-to-peer traffic blocking). Comcast vice president David L. Cohen's latest filing with the Commission claims that regulators can do nothing even if they conclude that Comcast's behavior runs afoul of the FCC's Internet neutrality guidelines. "The congressional policy and agency practice of relying on the marketplace instead of regulation to maximize consumer welfare has been proven by experience (including the...
  • open.NET? Microsoft To Make .NET Libraries Available Under "Open Source"

    10/04/2007 7:31:43 AM PDT · by N3WBI3 · 7 replies · 283+ views ^ | October 03, 2007 | whurley
    open.NET? Microsoft To Make .NET Libraries Available Under "Open Source" One minute ago Microsoft made one of its first "open source" moves under the new Microsoft Reference License: the team in Redmond announced they'll make some .NET libraries available.  I say "open source" because to me, open source means you can easily access a .tar or .zip of the code.  Microsoft's effort is a bit more cumbersome. What does that mean for you?  Is .NET open source now?  I wouldn't call it that quite yet.  This is the first step on a much longer journey.  The license indicates that developers...
  • FCC investigates network neutrality

    03/26/2007 4:03:05 AM PDT · by familyop · 3 replies · 405+ views
    iTWire (Australia) ^ | 26MAR07 | Stephen Withers
    The US Federal Communications Commission has begun an enquiry "to better understand the behavior of participants in the market for broadband services" - in other words to see whether the traditional non-discriminatory data carriage provided by the Internet is under threat. "In 2005, the Commission adopted an Internet Policy Statement containing four principles. The intent of these principles was to protect consumers’ access to the lawful online content of their choice and to foster the creation, adoption and use of Internet broadband content, applications, and services," said FCC chairman Kevin Martin. But since that time, the FCC has classified broadband...
  • US teens fall prey to high-tech abuse

    02/10/2007 3:01:31 PM PST · by xcamel · 10 replies · 518+ views
    electric new paper ^ | February 11, 2007 | staff
    WHERE are you now? What are you doing? Jealous teenagers often send messages like these with their handphones and computers to harass and control their romantic partners. And most victims of the abuse are reluctant to discuss it with their parents, a US survey showed on Thursday. The survey, carried out by Teenage Research Unlimited, found nearly one in every four teens in a relationship had received hourly text messages or phone calls to check up on them between midnight and 5am. One out of six said they had received messages 10 or more times an hour overnight. 'Contacting someone...
  • Surfing Net Is Top Pastime For Elderly

    02/02/2007 11:08:26 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 419+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-2-2007 | David Derbyshire
    Surfing net is top pastime for elderly By David Derbyshire, Consumer Affairs Editor Last Updated: 1:51am GMT 02/02/2007 Browsing the internet has overtaken DIY and gardening to become the favourite pastime of older people, according to a survey. The internet is named as one of the favourite pastimes of retired Britons The current generation of "silver surfers" spends an average of six hours online each week, research by the insurance company AXA found. Emailing and online chatting to friends and family was the favourite internet activity of the retired people surveyed, followed by researching information, booking holidays and shopping. Alison...
  • Net Discrimination (AT&T Caves On Net Neutrality)

    01/02/2007 8:11:05 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 26 replies · 791+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2 January 2006 | Staff
    ...Net neutrality travels under the euphemism of "nondiscrimination," which sounds very nice. But what it really means in practice is that the government dictates what AT&T and other Internet access companies can charge users of their pipelines. So there's "discrimination," all right -- against the companies that have invested billions to lay that pipe. The beneficiaries of this discrimination are Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and other very rich Web businesses, which have loaded up on Beltway lobbyists to have these mandates imposed. Democrats are taking the PAC money and running interference. The Democratic Commissioners -- Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps --...
  • Iraqi Forces Net Multiple Insurgents, Weapons

    07/21/2006 4:06:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 304+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 21, 2006 – Iraqi security forces captured 25 suspected terrorists and killed one in multiple operations throughout Iraq July 19 and yesterday, military officials in Iraq reported. Iraqi security forces conducted two separate operations in Baghdad yesterday, capturing four insurgents who may be involved in "extra judicial killing" cells. The first operation by Iraqi security forces, a raid on back-to-back objectives in southwestern Baghdad, netted three primary targets. The first individual was a key insurgent leader believed to plan and coordinate insurgent operations in Baghdad, officials said. The second is allegedly involved in financing operations and supplying weapons...