The Federal Communications Commission has announced
that they would propose new rules allowing content providers to pay ISPs for priority "fast lanes," reversing their earlier position and effectively rejecting the principle of net neutrality
held since the earliest days of the internet. The full set of proposed rules will be announced on May 15. [more inside]
Online pornography to be blocked by default
in the UK, announces Prime Minister David Cameron in a speech today. Internet users will have to contact their ISPs to opt out of the filter. Possession of pornography depicting rape will also be illegal. Here is the full text of the speech
. Coverage by The Independent
, the Telegraph
, and a shortened video of the speech at the Guardian
. [more inside]
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently announced
the rollout of a searchable map
, which also offers a nation-wide view of internet service providers with filters for various technologies
. The map is based on information collected from broadband providers or other data sources. [more inside]
Law professor Susan Crawford takes a moment
to explain to all of us why we should be wary of Verizon's decision to suspend FiOS rollout across the country
and the resulting likely domination of the high-speed internet access biz by the cable companies in a short (for a legal journal) paper in the Yale Law and Policy Review. [more inside]
The British Government wants to ban porn from the internet.
The move would force ISPs to block all pornographic content unless users had 'opted in' (providing a handy list of people who wish to view pornography) and is said to be motivated by a desire to combat the early sexualization of children. There is no word on how 'porn' is to be defined.
Rogers communications has started putting their own messages on the Google homepage.
Rogers communications is one of Canada's main ISPs (as well as mobile phone and cable companies). They recently decided to place a message on their subscribers' Google homepage - and neither Google nor the users are happy about it. [more inside]
Proposal to have companies rewire their networks to support easy wiretapping by police
"A far-reaching proposal from the FBI, made public Friday, would require all broadband Internet providers, including cable modem and DSL companies, to rewire their networks to support easy wiretapping by police. The FBI's request to the Federal Communications Commission aims to give police ready access to any form of Internet-based communications. If approved as drafted, the proposal could dramatically expand the scope of the agency's wiretap powers, raise costs for cable broadband companies and complicate Internet product development." Read more about the FBI's proposal at Cnet.com.
But where is the actual proposal?
Perhaps you've seen the new MSN commercials that use M$'s "spam-blocking" technology to support their ISP service. Maybe you've read fluff pieces like these
, where AOL and Microsoft execs are allowed to wax poetic about their deep anti-spam convictions:
"'I get spam too, and I am as fed up with it as all of our members are,' AOL chief executive Jonathan F. Miller said yesterday."
"'To help keep intruders at bay,' Microsoft said, "we must all do our part.'"
So what's this
"'AOL and Microsoft argue there is a place for legitimate unsolicited e-mail in the marketplace,' said Marc Berejka, Microsoft's senior director of public policy."
This new RIAA lawsuit
really frosts my cookies
! I can't believe the Recording Industry Ass. of America
has the balls to think they can censor the Internet, but they contend that "As a matter of fact, copyright itself was written into the Constitution before the Framers ever even got to the first 10 amendments."
Therefore, the RIAA reserves for itself the right to determine which Internet websites you may view. Please discuss.
The ThreeRing Web Mapping project
adds a dot to a blank canvas showing your geographic location (or that of your ISP, as best it can guess based on your IP address). They've also got a code snippet to put on your own site that automagically adds your visitors to the map. The US is already clearly defined, Europe is getting there, and Oceania is coming into view. (They've also got one of them Tag-Board thingies
, which is painful to read for any length of time.)
internet access (care of EarthLink), your own StarTrek.net email address with anti-spam service, and exclusive Star Trek content, as well as a few other "goodies", all for 21.95 USD a month. Destined to be huge, or will this fizzle and eventually disappear?
? *gasp* Well, according to this ZDNet article, it's a movement. With price hikes and a souring economy, some people can't justify the cost. Could you let it go?
PacBell seeks to secure a monopoly
Californians urged to contact the PUC to put the brakes on PacBell's plan to kill the independent ISP.
Should they be allowed to take their toys and go home or be forced to share? And, what effect will this have on the future of tech companies if PacBell is able to lock out DSL competition?
Surviving your ISP’s Darkest Hour
Geoff Duncan: “I’m a somewhat extreme example of this
group, since I not only do everything myself (all the way down to
DNS), I create and sell custom online services to clients. So when
my connection died, everything
I do went with it.”
House Republican introduces resolution to protect ISPs
from criminal liability for third party content. Californian David Dreier's proposal
isn't an actual bill but would put the House on record as supporting such protections.
"We probably don't want your business. Go away."
That actually seems to be the message here. I don't recall such a hostile advertisement before. (Via HardOCP
That 2-way satellite Internet service
that we were all musing about a few weeks back may be this
offering from Gilat2Home, who prudently decided that that was way too...
to England about free net access. I am shocked that a company in the honorable net industry could think of such a scam! Shocked I say!
Privacy? What's that? We all know that most of the new 'free' Internet Access Providers pay the bills by selling ads that you're forced to read, and some of them are selling information about *you* to other people. Well, along comes Predictive Networks, who are going to sell information about your surfing
even if you're paying the freight. Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
[ from Lauren Weinstein's Privacy Digest ]