How far is too far in the pursuit of power?
How much power is too much power?
Who is power in America mandated by?
These are all questions every free-thinking American should be asking themselves in light of the newest development in the Socialist take-over of the Federal government. A new draft of Senate bill S.773 has been leaked to and broken by Declan McCullagh of CNET News and CBS News. The main theme of the bill gives the Executive Branch "emergency" control of private-sector computer networks in the event of a "cyberemergency" or "cybesecurity attack" during a severe attack or natural disaster. And specifically says, “whatever is necessary” to repel the attack.
Three former VoIP Inc. executives are being targeted by the SEC for improper bookkeeping and lying to investors about the financial shape of the company.
Editor's Notes: I think a certain portion should be given away for free and it should have no licensing at all but it should have power limits to reduce interference.
Bush administration officials are trying to put the brakes on the Federal Communications Commission's plan to encourage a free, national wireless Internet plan, which the agency could approve next week.
Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez sent a letter to the agency's Republican chairman Wednesday afternoon expressing the administration's displeasure with the idea.
Editor's Note: T-Mobile is giving a pretty weak argument for why we should not have this spectrum for back to the public domain. I think this is great idea and it has much potential for getting good internet access out for many users especially lower income users. What is great about this spectrum is because of the lower frequency range, it can penetrate through hard materials much easier. It give us potential to do mesh networking applications that would really make good user experiences. I already have a couple ideas I am writing down that would need this type of access to make them viable.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved new spectrum for use as a free public broadband channel. The FCC published the results of a study conducted in September regarding the potential for interference with other channels.
Patricia Robson’s suit alleges no more than 10 cents of the monthly 50-cent fees usually charged to subscribers is actually required by regulators to pay for the necessary telecommunications infrastructure.
Shortly after I founded the Net Neutrality advocacy site Neutrality.ca in January 2007, TheTyee, published an article saying that Canada was sleeping through the war to 'save the internet'. Writer Bryan Zandberg cited the lack of signatures on my petition (a 'paltry' 217 at the time) as evidence of Canadians' disengagement with the issue.
Los Angeles voters have imposed a 9 percent tax on Internet phone calls, known as VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). VoIP calls had been tax-free in the city.
Voters also enacted a 1 percentage point reduction in the tax on all other phone calls, from 10 percent to 9 percent. Most phone calls are still made over traditional wireline or wireless phones, but Internet phone service is a rapidly growing segment of the telephone market.
One bidder offered $4.71 billion for the biggest set of airwaves being auctioned, surpassing a $4.6 billion threshold that triggered so-called open-access rules, the Federal Communications Commission said today on its Web site. The agency didn't reveal which company made the bid.
Verizon, after winning a patent-infringement decision against Vonage Holdings last year, has trained its legal guns on cable's phone services with a similar lawsuit against Cox Communications.
All the Colorado-based companies that applied to bid for Federal Communications Commission licenses to use 700-megahertz radio spectrum appeared on a list of qualified bidders published Monday afternoon.
The FCC-certified participants for the Jan. 24 auction include Frontier Wireless LLC, the subsidiary formed by Englewood-based EchoStar Communications Corp.
Note: Love it, what a great idea and project that uses Asterisk and helps cut through some of the "redtape". I think I am going to take it for a test drive with this FCC vote happening today. Media consolidation is not good for democracy and I think both sides can agree they want more not less options for getting information.
An NYU student has launched CommitteeCaller.com, a Web site that makes it easier for taxpayers to get in touch with their elected representatives. What a great use of technology in the furtherance of Democracy.
Note: I hope they do, it would be great to have a real wireless internet service that had some serious range.
The FCC is currently preparing the rules for the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction, but a coalition of nonprofit group and techies argues that simply selling the spectrum to the highest bidder could be a disaster for the US. Instead, the group wants this prime spectrum made available under special rules that could lead to a "third broadband pipe" that uses wireless technology.
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