Techno Bits & Bytes

  • This Public Notice serves as notice that, consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has appointed members to serve on the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC).

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  • The prison phone industry is strange.

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  • On Jan 19, 2017, the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) distributed a letter to Virginia lawmakers opposing House Bill (HB) 2108.

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  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) will release a new proposal in coming days that attempts to resolve the long-running dispute among retailers, state governments and online retailers over how to tax purchases made across state lines.

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  • Just one year ago, Dr. Colin Rhinesmith joined the Benton Foundation as our Faculty Research Fellow. We want to aid both policymakers and practitioners in the design, implementation, and evaluation of digital inclusion and broadband adoption strategies. The goal is open, affordable, high-capacity broadband access, adoption and use for all Americans. Our partnership has produced important research and, we’re happy to announce, will continue for the next year.

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  • Based on imposed conditions that will ensure a competitive video marketplace and increase broadband deployment, an order recommending that the Charter/Time Warner Cable/Bright House Networks transaction be approved has circulated to the Commissioners. As proposed, the order outlines a number of conditions in place for seven years that will directly benefit consumers by bringing and protecting competition to the video marketplace and increasing broadband deployment.

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  • T-Mobile CEO John Legere claimed that the mobile industry has collected $45 billion from customers who "overbought" data they didn’t need to use. He wants you to think T-Mobile is blowing this model of theft up, but it’s actually just playing the same game as everyone else. That doesn't mean T-Mobile is trying to gouge customers, but BingeOn is bad for different reasons. It's bad for net neutrality. Binge On is bad because it gives T-Mobile too much power. It’s really that simple. And yes, it’s bad for net neutrality. If net neutrality has a core idea, it’s that regular people ought to be in charge of the internet — especially since the internet is mostly just people.

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  • The US Department of Education announced two grant awards totaling $25 million to Twin Cities Public Television and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the development of television and multimedia programs that will engage preschool and young elementary school children and their families in science and literacy-themed learning.

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  • Verizon announced the acquisition of AOL Inc. for $50 per share, amounting to $4.4 billion. Public Knowledge encourages the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to secure consumer privacy as broadband carriers leverage their unique relationship with subscribers to harvest private information traditionally considered confidential or proprietary.

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  • The Government Accountability Office reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's new rule on protecting and promoting the open Internet.

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  • Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA) said the Obama Administration should be sure that no other country is able to assert undue control over the back end of the Internet when the US hands over the keys.

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  • September 15 concluded the second round of comments for the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Proceeding. During the last four months, the FCC has received a large number of comments from a wide range of constituents via three methods.

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  • One of the primary misconceptions in the debate about how to regulate broadband is that “reclassifying” it as a Title II telecommunications service would be a simple correction of the Federal Communications Commission’s decisions to treat cable modem and DSL as information services rather than telecommunications services.

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  • To a degree shared by few, John Inglis knows the risks of collecting a lot of data on people. Until January, Inglis, who goes by "Chris," was the number-two official at the National Security Agency.

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  • Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.

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  • The FCC seeks comment on the procedures for designating, handling, submitting and accessing the confidential and highly confidential data and information sought in the collection. Comment Date: July 29, 2013

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  • For Rupert Murdoch, creating a national cable sports network in the United States to compete with ESPN has been his white whale — a tantalizing television opportunity but one of the few fields that his media empire has not conquered. But two decades after shaking up the sports broadcasting world for the first time by acquiring NFL rights, Murdoch has plans to challenge ESPN head on and claim some of the lucrative revenue that the sports media giant has had largely to itself for more than three decades.

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  • A plan to offer an array of online college classes at a California state university could, if the students are successful, open the door to teaching hundreds of thousands of California students at a lower cost via the Internet.

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  • The Entertainment Software Association’s decision to even attend Vice President Joe Biden’s meeting on gun violence sent shockwaves through the gaming community.

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  • Jun 1 2012 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

    House Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing on Cyber Threats to Capital Markets

    Cyber Threats to Capital Markets and Corporate Accounts

    House Committee on Financial Services

    Friday, June 1, 2012 9:30 AM

  • GitHire is one of a few tech-job sites that home in on talent by analyzing a programmer’s code available on the Internet and online presence and then assigning a rank relative to his or her peers.

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  • The author of the novel behind Flowers of War, a Chinese box office hit film starring Christian Bale, is threatening to take legal action against Apple in a Californian court over alleged online piracy.

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  • Two things have struck Thomas Friedman about the Republican presidential candidate debates leading up to the Iowa caucuses. One is how entertaining they were. The other is how disconnected they were from the biggest trends shaping the job market of the 21st century. What if the 2012 campaign were actually about the world in which we’re living and how we adapt to it? What would the candidates be talking about? Surely at or near the top of that list would be the tightening merger between globalization and the latest information technology revolution.

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  • Visa announced two moves into mobile banking, buying a company that makes software for mobile banking users in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and striking an agreement with another company that works with bank customers.

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