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[ | 25 Mar 2011 | Comments Off on Bad journalism on alleged AT&T metering problems | ]
Bad journalism on alleged AT&T metering problems

Carl Bode of DSL Reports claims that AT&T admitted that their bandwidth usage meters were inaccurate. But AT&T actually said that they will continue ensuring meter accuracy.

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[ | 25 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Facing the Truth, We All Love Walled Gardens

There was a recent article by Sam Biddle called “Facebook is AOLifying the Internet – and That Sucks”. It’s a pretty accurate take on what Facebook has become over the last few years as it considers many of the new features that Facebook has both developed and ripped off. The article itself was probably a slight ripoff of one that John C. Dvorak had produced some months earlier, “Facebook is the New AOL,” that was essentially in the same vein.

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Internet, Wireless »

[ | 24 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Spectrum hoarding cannot justify TV spectrum waste

Dennis Wharton of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is irked by the wireless industry comments to eliminate spectrum waste and he wants to draw attention to the wireless industry’s own dirty laundry.  Wharton points out that Dish Network and Time Warner Cable might be hoarding some of their auctioned spectrum to speculate on future value and that there is potentially $15 billion dollars of spectrum being hoarded.  But even if there is $15 billion of spectrum hoarding (and much of that spectrum will eventually be used), it does not …

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Internet, Privacy & Security »

[ | 23 Mar 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Comodo compromise demonstrates need for DNSSec migration

Comodo, a company you probably never heard of which holds one of the many master keys to the Internet’s SSL X.509 Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) system, admitted that their root certificate authorities have been compromised by attackers.  Those attackers issued themselves SSL certificates for seven companies including Google, Skype, and Yahoo so they can fully masquerade as one of the seven companies with legitimate looking SSL certificates.  Comodo responded by revoking those certificates, but that won’t offer full protection until every device on the planet replicates the revocations and we have …

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Internet, Research »

[ | 23 Mar 2011 | Comments Off on Research: National Broadband Map | ]
Research: National Broadband Map

Challenges in Using the National Broadband Map’s Data
George S. Ford, PhD
Phoenix Center
March 2011
Ford takes a look at the information gathered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration after the goals set by 2009’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Ford says that the data gathered will allow for the quantification of socio-economic factors and broadband availability across the nation.
Even though he feels that the NTIA should be praised in their efforts, there is concern that the mapping data carries with it errors, and there is more concern that there even exists …

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Wireless »

[ | 22 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Wireless data adoption up, but prices down

The CTIA has released its survey results for 2010 (Year-End 2010 Top-Line Survey Results PDF).  The survey has some of the most comprehensive data on the wireless industry as it covers 95.5% of all wireless subscribers in the country so it should be a valuable resource for analysts.
Here are some of the more interesting facts from the 2010 report

There are now 302.9 million wireless subscribers, up 6% from 2009.
Wireless penetration is at 96%.
Minutes of voice usage is slightly down in 2010 compared to 2009, from 2.275 trillion to 2.241.  That …

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Internet, Wireless »

[ | 21 Mar 2011 | Comments Off on Google the long distance phone company | ]
Google the long distance phone company

In a newly announced partnership with Sprint, Google potentially stands to gain 50 million US customers for its web integrated voice service, voice mail, and long distance calling.  In the context of Google’s growing dominance in smartphones with Android OS, Google is shaping up to be a significant player in the phone market.

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[ | 21 Mar 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Do Not Track – Doesn’t Need To Be Regulated, Probably Will Be

Do Not Track, the application of using a http field that would require applications on the Internet to turn off their tracking features has been a hotly debated issue in tech circles and amongst privacy concerned citizens.

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Politics »

[ | 21 Mar 2011 | Comments Off on More on Regulatory Analysis | ]
More on Regulatory Analysis

The FCC & Regulatory Analysis (March 1) reviewed the 45-year history of Executive Office regulatory analysis requirements and their nonapplicability to the FCC.
Today, at the AEI’s Enterprise Blog, I explain why Regulatory Agencies Cannot Be Controlled by Requirements of Interior Rationality, and suggest that 45 years of issuing the same basic Executive Order over and over is enough.
The real problem is the basic governmental reality that agencies are created primarily to serve the interests of particular constituencies, and exist for the purpose of helping the favored group obtain benefits by …

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Intellectual Property »

[ | 18 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Netflix and Original Content

My Wednesday post on Jason Kilar and Hulu touched on the possibility that Kilar sees Hulu as a potential prime distributor, dealing directly with content creators instead of getting only content originally distributed by others.
It turns out that Netflix is thinking along the same lines — see Netflix’s Risky Bet on Original Programming, at GigaOm: “Netflix is reportedly in talks to score its first original programming, bidding against cable networks like HBO for the rights to a new project called House of Cards that would star Kevin Spacey and …

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