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[News] FCC Releases Free Software, Web Depends on Freedom

  • Subject: [News] FCC Releases Free Software, Web Depends on Freedom
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 16:25:08 +0000
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FCC Launches Consumer Tool to Test Broadband Connections

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| As with BroadbandCensus.com and the FCC, 
| among M-Labâs core goals is to advance 
| network research by actively promoting 
| openness and transparency: research tools on 
| M-Lab must publicly publish their source 
| code.


Open source custom web hosting 'helps small firms' 

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| Open source software can offer huge benefits 
| to small and medium-sized businesses, it has 
| been suggested.


Everything you need to know about HTML5 video and audio

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| Opera 10.50 has now been released on Windows, 
| and it supports the HTML5 video and audio 
| elements. But how do you use them? Introduction 
| to HTML5 video covers a general introduction 
| but doesn't go into the details; Accessible 
| HTML5 Video with JavaScripted captions shows 
| how captions can be implemented until the spec 
| gains proper support for captions; and 
| (re-)Introducing <video> has some information 
| on Opera's implementation. I recommend reading 
| all three!



The New FCC and a Small Reality Check

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| Federal Communications Commission Chairman
| Julius Genachowski came to our office today to
| talk about broadband (check it out), and
| during both the event itself and the
| conversations I had with people before and
| after, it became clear to me how optimistic
| many of us should be about the New FCC.


Whoops! F.C.C. Chairman Spams Facebook Friends

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| Facebook scam artists have closed out 2009 by
| snagging a prominent victim: Julius
| Genachowski, chairman of the Federal
| Communications Commission.
| On Thursday at around 10:30 a.m., Mr.
| Genachowski sent his Facebook friends this
| puzzling message: âAdam got me started making
| money with this.â It was followed by a link to
| a Web page that is no longer active. The
| message blitz indicated that Mr. Genachowskiâs
| account had been taken over by a malicious
| program that was using it to send out spam.


Is Net Neutrality a FCC Trojan Horse?

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| On Thursday, Federal Communications
| Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski
| is expected to unveil draft rules aimed at
| imposing network neutrality obligations on
| Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In the
| excitement surrounding the announcement,
| however, many have overlooked the fact that
| the this rulemaking is built on a shoddy and
| dangerous foundation â the idea that the FCC
| has unlimited authority to regulate the
| Internet.
| Genachowski has announced that the draft
| regulations will require ISPs to abide by
| the "Four Freedoms" set forth in the FCC's
| 2005 Internet Policy Statement, as well as
| the additional principles of
| nondiscrimination and transparency. EFF
| strongly believes in these six principles.
| Our work speaks for itself: we are
| developing software tools to Test Your ISP
| in the wake of uncovering Comcastâs meddling
| with BitTorrent traffic, seeking a DMCA
| exemption to let you run applications of
| your choice on your mobile phone, and
| fighting Hollywoodâs efforts to force DRM
| restrictions into your television.


Public Knowledge Tells FCC Movie Industry Plan for Set-Top Boxes Will Hurt Consumers

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| A proposal by the motion picture industry to
| use âselectable output controlâ to hobble
| the functions of set top boxes wonât stop
| movie theft but will harm consumers, Public
| Knowledge told the Federal Communications
| Commission


Did the FCC bribe US carriers on net neutrality?

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| Debate at this week's CTIA shindig has
| apparently been about efficient spectrum
| use, but is the FCC just bribing the
| network operators to accept net
| neutrality without a fight?


Lawmakers seek FCC probe into Google Voice

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| A group of Republicans and Democrats in
| the U.S. House of Representatives called
| on the Federal Communications Commission
| to investigate Google Inc's ability to
| block calls to rural telephone exchanges.


FCC questions Google Voice's expensive call blocker

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| The US Federal Communications Commission
| wants Google to explain how its voice
| service application blocks costly calls
| to rural areas.

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