Ted’s Tubes: Data Caps, Rogue Pharmacies, EBS and Google Fiber

say-no-data-capsNet Neutrality Hearing Date Set, While AT&T and Verizon Launch New Toll Booth Scheme

The hearing on Verizon’s appeal of the FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan (aka The Open Internet Order) before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is set for September 9, 2013.  While this has pending, ISP’s user data cap plans have come under increase scrutiny, particularly as ISPs began exempting their own services  from the data caps.  AT&T and Verizon have indicated that they will permit content providers to pay to circumvent the data caps and rumors that ESPN may be one of the first to pay to do so, a move Public Knowledge has denounced:

Imposing data caps on consumers and then allowing wealthy content holders to buy their way around them is a recipe for stagnation online.

FDA Leads Crackdown on 9,000 Rogue Internet Pharmacies

Working with Interpol, Europol, World Customs Organization, the Heads of Medicines Agencies Working Group of Enforcement Officers, the Pharmaceutical Security Institute, Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, and Legitscript, the FDA shut down 9,000 websites, arrest 58 individuals and seized 9.8 million potentially dangerous medicines, worth around $41 million.  A recent Government Accounting Report found that there were over 34,000 active rogue internet pharmacies as of April 2013.

Emergency Broadcast System Hacked, Broadcast Zombie Alerts

The Emergency Broadcast System is vulnerable to cyber attacks reports have concluded.   This follows an incident earlier this year in which the system was hacked to report that

civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from the grave and attacking the living.


Internet Association Launches Interactive Website

The Internet Association, a lobbying group for Internet companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, eBay and others, has launched a new website that allows  users to  comment on and edit legislation important to the Internet industry.  The two bills currently available for comment are  the Start-Up Act 3.0 and the I-Squared Act, which would both allow for more high-skilled immigrants to come to the United States.


Provo, UT In Line for Google Fiber Offering

City projects going to a gigabyte economy could have a $50M direct impact on the city which is comparable in seize to university towns such as Ann Arbor, Berkeley and South Bend.  Provo will be the third Google Fiber city after Kansas City (both MO and KS) and Austin. The number of gigabit cities is slowly increasing and will expand significantly once the GigabitU project completes upgrades in key university hubs.  Click here for a map of current and future gigabit cities.



MORE INFORMATION:  Report: ESPN may pay to exempt its content from wireless data caps, Ars Technica;  We interrupt this program to warn the Emergency Alert System is hackable, Ars Technica;  Internet lobby invites users to edit legislation line by line, The Hill; Where Provo Intends to Take Google Fiber, Forbes