Let’s get serious about Do Not Call
Oct19

Let’s get serious about Do Not Call

I just got a call from a not-known-to-me phone number. But it was from Florida, where I have a lot of relatives. So I answered. The call, from 561-279-3056, was a pre-recorded message. “Press 1″ to get more info on how to make up to $10,000 a week. Robocall. SCAM. Do Not Call registry My cellphone has been on the Do Not Call registry since its launch in June 2003: Thank you for registering your phone number with the...

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FCC receives 3+ million comments on #netNeutality, takes another look at mobile
Sep17

FCC receives 3+ million comments on #netNeutality, takes another look at mobile

The FCC received 1,776,471 emails and 1,297,691 electronic comments on its network neutrality proposal from late April to September 15. On Wednesday, the agency released daily and weekly data totaling 3,074,162 comments. The comment period officially opened on May 15, but the email account was established April 24. This explains the different start dates on the two charts. The first bump in daily online comments chart followed John...

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My letter to the FCC
Sep14

My letter to the FCC

Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington D.C. 20554 Dear Chairman Wheeler and Commissioners: This letter is written in response to your request for comments regarding proceeding 14-28. I want a free and open Internet in the same context as our telephone system. By this I mean I want an infrastructure that is neutral as to sending and receiving parties and the content that they share. “Network...

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Network Neutrality comments due Monday {!important}
Sep14

Network Neutrality comments due Monday {!important}

Update: My letter to the FCC You may have noticed a spinning-wheel-of-death atop your browser last week while visiting Etsy, Kickstarter, Netflix, Reddit, Tumbler or any number of sites around the Internet. The web site owners were raising awareness of something known as network neutrality (which should really be called network discrimination). Comments on an FCC proposal to regulate how website and email traffic moves around the...

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Congress sides with consumers over telecos
Jul27

Congress sides with consumers over telecos

Almost eight years ago, the U.S. Copyright Office gave cellphone owners the right to unlock their cellphones. It had been illegal since the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which banned the “circumvention” of any copy protection mechanisms (Section 1201). This did not, however, mean that carriers honored the ruling. AT&T, for example, has been a notable laggard with regards to the iPhone. From April 2012 :...

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