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Who Should Control The Internet?
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In March of 2006, I predicted it was only a matter of time before “a major media company” bought YouTube, and that the government would step in eventually to regulate Internet content. A few months later, Google was obviously that media company, and close to three years later, we are witnessing the potential handover of Web content to the FCC and/or other regulatory agencies. 

Verizon Changes Heart, Opens Up
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Verizon reversed itself today by announcing the company will open its network to wireless devices, software, and applications not offered by the company. This comes just two months after the company sued the federal government to block openness requirements for the winner of the 700 MHz band of wireless spectrum.

FCC Gets Monkey’s Paw From Telco Front Group

You might say it’s a sort of monkey’s paw that Hands Off the Internet, an AT&T-backed "grass roots" organization has called on the FCC to investigate Comcast for violating the four principles of Network Neutrality. On the surface, it looks like progress. But can it be trusted?

FTC: No Gov’t Online Ad Regulation Threat

The two-day town hall meeting being held in Washington DC by the Federal Trade Commission had a common theme: avoiding government regulation.

Who Has ‘Metaphysical Jurisdiction’ In Second Life?
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 Before the end of this sentence you will have to make a choice between the blue pill and the red pill, for as soon as we step over the period we will enter an alternate reality and it will not be easy. Lawyers are looking into virtual worlds like Second Life, studying whether the environment is suitable for regulation and asking who has "metaphysical jurisdiction."

Over Half Want Web Content Regulated

The Federal Communications Commission spends part of its time deciding whether or not suggestive neologisms like "hamsterbating" are appropriate before 9 p.m. According to a recent poll, over half of Americans want similar precautions taken with Internet content.

Google Says It’s Time To Turn Japanese
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Phone and cable companies are losing the Net Neutrality debate, and losing it badly. And Google’s Washington Telecom and Media Counsel Richard Whitt doesn’t mind pointing that out.

‘Free’ Broadband Sparks Constitutional Debate
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Though M2Z Networks threatened to take to the FCC to court to force a decision on the company’s "family friendly" free nationwide wireless broadband proposal by September 1, a likely "no" vote from the commission has made M2Z decide more public debate is necessary.

Net Evangelist’s Regulation Rejection

In a BBC Radio 4 interview [podcast], Vint Cerf – known as one of the founding fathers of the Internet – protested that the Internet is merely reflecting society not leading it…

Free Broadband Isn’t Really Free
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The US broadband situation is so dire that you may not even be able to give away access. Worse, there might be good reason for that. You may not have heard of M2Z Networks, Inc., but 50,000 others have and are pressuring the FCC to approve the company’s offer of free nationwide broadband access.

Scholars Push For Search Engine Regulation
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Here’s an idea sure to start some fires: Is it necessary to consider government regulation of search engines? Please hold your throwing-stones until the end of the presentation.

Well, At Least One FCC Commissioner Isn’t An Idiot

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael J. Copps isn’t happy about how the commission has handled a number of recent issues, and is speaking loudly about it. And if one is as disgruntled as much of the public is, then that might be a positive sign.

Google Fear Hits AT&T Square In The Jaw
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As predictable as daylight, AT&T isn’t happy about Google’s plan to bid on the 700MHz wireless spectrum. The telecommunications giant is poised to claw any competition out of the equation, and is hoping its traditional ally, the FCC, will have its back again.

EU Decides YouTube And TV Are Different

Google seems pleased to announce that European regulations on broadcast video content will not apply to search engines, user-generated content, or YouTube.

FTC Drinks The Telco Kool-Aid
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It’s sad to think parts of our free market economy have failed, become gummed up by the sludge of its own engine. It’s supposed to work, to drive us, keep us ahead of everyone. Only, it’s not so much anymore, the engine is aging, and though we try to wish it away, reality is setting in, even as vested storytellers perpetuate the myth to keep us wishing.

Marketers, It’s Your Fault Kids Are Fat

There are at least two sides to this and we’ll try to address them both. The Center for Digital Democracy is looking to the US government to regulate the marketing of unhealthy food to children online.

Senate Pushes Web Pharmacy Regulations
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There’s most likely a balance between no regulation and too much regulation, and the current Democratic Congress is walking that line. No one would doubt the potential harm caused by "rogue" Web-dealers, but Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-Vt.) tightening grip on Internet service providers should at least cause one to step back a bit to look at it.

Litigation And Regulation to Kill Music 2.0?
  • RIAA lawsuits are increasingly targeting college students and turning a generation of music consumers into enemies and outlaws.
  • ASCAP thinks a download constitutes a performance and wants payment for both mechanical and performance royalties.
  • Internet radio which already pays higher royalties than AM/FM broadcasters has been hit with new royalty rates that could put most of them – and all of the music discovery engines like Pandora – out of business.
Fear and Loathing with Sarbanes-Oxley

The Financial Times has a story about how CEOs and CFOs feel about providing the financial markets and investors with guidance regarding a publicly-listed company’s future earnings.

Five Security Threats Are Very Overhyped

As firms resist rolling out VoIP and “Warhol Worms” threaten to wreck the Internet, Gartner advises security administrators to take a deep breath.

In The Future, Everyone’s PC Will Be Infected For Fifteen Minutes

Gartner research says “Warhol Worms” and four other topics comprise the five most overhyped security threats today.