Government & Policy

18 February 2011

Digital Age Is Slow to Arrive in Rural America New York Times

After a couple of days in this part of rural Alabama, it is hard to complain about a dropped iPhone call or a Cee Lo video that takes a few seconds too long to load.

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Opinion: NBN vs 4G: the contest is already over by Rod Tucker ABC News

When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, the coolest radio stations in town had DJs with fake American accents, and the best new products being advertised were always American or American-style. We looked to America as the home of everything new and exciting. We were envious as of the Americans as they were supposedly smarter than us and could do things better than us.

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US lawmakers may subpoena Google to antipiracy hearings CNET

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said they want Google to appear before them to discuss upcoming antipiracy legislation as well as accusations that the search company profits from illegal file sharing.

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15 February 2011

Obama wireless initiative silent on net neutrality CNN

When President Obama announced his vision for a national wireless initiative last week, he emphasized how widespread high-speed wireless broadband would boost the economy and increase opportunities for individual Americans.

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Avanti pins hopes on internet space age Financial Times

A new space race has begun. In the next few months, two companies will roll out commercial services via intermediaries that will offer households and organisations across Europe access to the internet using new satellite technology.

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New wireless will help, not hurt Australia's NBN: Conroy ABC News

The Federal Government has rejected claims that new wireless internet technology will affect the financial viability of the National Broadband Network.

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13 February 2011

EU mulls tax cuts for online media EurActiv

The European Commission is considering the idea of lowering value added tax (VAT) rates for online media to the level of printed media wherever they diverge, in a move aimed at alleviating financial pressure on a struggling sector.

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12 February 2011

US 'Do Not Track Me Online' privacy bill introduced by California Rep. Jackie Speier Los Angeles Times

The first "do not track" legislation was introduced in Congress on Friday, raising the possibility that Web users will be able to prevent advertisers from recording their online behavior for marketing purposes, similar to the Do Not Call Registry created in 2003.

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White House will propose new digital copyright laws CNET

The Obama administration has drafted new proposals to curb Internet piracy and other forms of intellectual property infringement that it says it will send to the U.S. Congress "in the very near future."

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Obama Unveils Wireless Expansion Plan New York Times

Declaring that "we can't expect tomorrow's economy to take root using yesterday's infrastructure," President Obama traveled to this snowbound town in a remote corner of Michigan on Thursday to make the case that expanding wireless access is critical to the nation's economic recovery.

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11 February 2011

Australia's NBN will kill off fixed-line telephony The Australian

The National Broadband Network will kill off the already ailing business of fixed-line local calls that was once the cornerstone of Telstra's business.

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Obama Says Plan to Expand Wireless Access Is Critical New York Times

Declaring that "we can't expect tomorrow's economy to take root using yesterday's infrastructure," President Obama traveled to this snowbound town in a remote corner of Michigan on Thursday to make the case that expanding wireless access is critical to the nation's economic recovery.

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10 February 2011

Tim Wu, Creator of the Term 'Net Neutrality,' Joins the US Government New York Times

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday named Tim Wu, author of the book "The Master Switch," a senior adviser for consumer protection and competition issues that affect the Internet and mobile phones.

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Australian taxpayers lead the world in funding Labor national broadband bill The Australian

The Gillard government faces pressure to greatly increase private sector involvement in the National Broadband Network after international research found it was spending more taxpayer funds to connect each household than any other country.

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Telstra deal to boost NBN rollout, says Australian communications minister The Australian

The Gillard government has hailed a commercial agreement with Telstra for the use of its network by NBN Co, saying it will deliver a more efficient rollout of optical fibre.

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Billion Dollar Expenditure for US Broadband Proposed for 2012 Tech Daily Dose

The FCC could make up to a billion dollars or more available to telecom carriers beginning next year to encourage them to expand high-speed Internet connectivity to rural areas that lack service.

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09 February 2011

Australia's NBN to cost 24 times South Korea's faster network, says research body The Australian

The National Broadband Network will cost taxpayers 24 times as much as South Korea's but deliver just one tenth the speed, according to one of the world's most respected economic research organisations.

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07 February 2011

Google CEO says wants to avoid long EU probe: report Reuters

Google Inc wants to avoid a lengthy legal battle with European Union regulators investigating its market dominance, the Sunday Telegraph quoted its chief executive as saying.

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FBI, DOJ and DEA Stall Release of Records on Bid to Expand Surveillance Laws Electronic Frontiers Foundation

Today EFF filed a reply brief in its FOIA lawsuit seeking records from the FBI, DOJ and DEA that would justify the Administration's need to expand federal surveillance laws like the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The proposed expansion would require communications providers like Skype, Facebook, Blackberry and Twitter to build wiretapping capabilities right into their systems, and although we know Congress intends to turn to this issue early this year, FBI, DEA and DOJ have argued they can't give us all the documents we asked for until the summer of 2012. To force the government to turn over documents on a timeline that would actually allow them to influence the debate, we filed a motion for partial summary judgment, asking the court to order the agencies to produce documents within 10 days.

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02 February 2011

UK government to rethink Digital Economy Act's web blocks BBC News

The UK government has announced that it is to look again at plans to block websites that infringe copyright.

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31 January 2011

FCC Backs Net Neutrality Against Recent Lawsuits Court House News

The Federal Communications Commission filed motions on Friday to dismiss what it calls "premature" lawsuits from Verizon and, more recently, MetroPCS over net neutrality.

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29 January 2011

Homeland Security moves full-speed-ahead on Einstein cybersecurity tool NextGov

The Homeland Security Department will finish by 2012 installing a somewhat controversial system, called Einstein 2, that monitors traffic on federal computer networks for potential intrusions, and will start the next phase of the application, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said during an address on the state of the agency.

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27 January 2011

European ISPs are the new secret police, says report Computerworld

More and more European Union member states are delegating online policing to private companies and Internet service providers, according to a report released Wednesday.

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US Senator proposes mobile-privacy legislation CNET

Federal law needs to be updated to halt the common police practice of tracking the whereabouts of Americans' mobile devices without a search warrant, a Democratic senator said today.

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US DOJ pressed for details on Internet tracking plan CNET

Members of Congress chided the U.S. Department of Justice today for suggesting a new law requiring Internet companies to keep records of user activity, but not disclosing details on how it should be crafted to aid criminal investigations.

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