John Oliver and Last Week Tonight do an extended piece on Net Neutrality
New anti-piracy system will hit U.S. Internet users next week.
And here's a primer
on the Copyright Alerts System (CAS) or six strikes system, also from the Daily Dot.
In August 2011, 35 ACLU affiliates filed 381 requests in 32 states with local law enforcement agencies seeking to uncover when, why and how they are using cell phone location data to track Americans
. So how long do American cell phone carriers retain information about your calls, text messages, and data use? According to data gathered by the US Department of Justice, it can be as little as a few days or up to seven years, depending on your provider
. (Via / More)
Even after the Justice Department announced attempts to block
AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile, many see a heightened chance of it going through if T-Mobile is weakened. AT&T, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile have hired a bunch of former U.S. government officials to try to complete the deal
, with Verizon's CEO cheering them on
. Yesterday, T-Mobile's CMO Cole Broadman seems to have just blogged a major upcoming weakness - no iPhone 5
. Sprint opposes the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, and is tying its fate to being the sole iPhone 5 carrier with unlimited data.
Today Apple sent invites out for an event this coming Tuesday
where the details of the next iPhone are set to be revealed.
According to an article in yesterday's NY Times, AT&T's network is much better than our conventional wisdom (or Verizon's marketeers) thought
. And, that perhaps the issue with iPhones and coverage is really the fault of the iPhone itself, not AT&T's network.
We're only two weeks into the year, but net neutrality issues hit the ground running. The FCC already has three different inquiries open
. (also) (previously)
The 700 Mhz auction threatens to disrupt
an already converging
telecom industry. AT&T's post-merger commitment to net neutrality ends this year
, and they plan to test the filtering waters
, despite recently opposing
the practice. And today, a leaked memo revealed
that Time Warner will test tiered internet services soon. The Internet as we know it, and communications in general, might be headed for some major changes in 2008.
Verizon goes Vonage?
ATT, announced this week that it's giving up on residential phone service. And here, from the look of it, Verizon is starting to offer what I believe is Internet-based phone service. Is the Internet the future of phone?