CLBR Segment 1: Dem and GOP Conventions on Internet Issues

BEHIND THE BALLOONS AND BLUSTER: EVALUATING THE PARTY PLATFORMS ON INTERNET ISSUES Republican Political Consultant Blake Waycaster of Atlanta-based Centennial Strategies joins us to discuss the Democratic and Republican party platforms on Internet issues. The Next Web did a handy comparison of both platforms on tech issues. Republican platform  and Democratic. Interestingly, the GOP internet…

In the Courts: Jiffy’s $47 Million, Gambling, Backpage, Kim Dotcom, Defamation and ISP Censorship Right

Advertiser Settles Text Messaging Claim under TCPA for $47 Million Jiffy Lube’s parent corporation may pay $47 million under a class action settlement arising from sending text messaging wthout opt-in consent in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  Unlike CAN-SPAM which does not impose any opt-in requirements, text messages require opt-in consent under the TCPA.…

Net Neutrality: Gatekeepers, Data Caps and Shareholder Votes

ISPs Fulfilling Warnings About Gatekeeper Role One of the arguments made by net neutrality proponents and dismissed by its opponents is that, absent some net neutrality regime, ISPs could discriminate against content or on any other basis to advance their economic interests.  Just as Ars Technica’s Timothy Lee published an interesting piece that suggested that bandwidth…

Top Stories of 2011

TOP STORIES OF 2011 #1  AMAZON WARS 2010 ended with the Amazon Tax in effect in three states totally approximately ten percent of the population and GDP.  With the addition of Arkansas, Calfornia, Connecticut, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Vermont the tax has some applicability in states which comprise about 1/3 of the population and GDP the…

Congress Watch: Net Neutrality and Piracy Fights

  Net Neutrality Survives Congressional Challenge ILC Summary of Net Neutrality Debate in E-Commerce Law & Policy  Republican efforts to overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules which went into effect this month failed by five votes in the Senate after passing the House 234-177.  Interestingly, among Senators from the top 15 states ranked by broadband…

TOP STORIES

  TOP STORIES:  THE BATTLE OVER THE INTERNET NET NEUTRALITY KILL SWITCHES AND ICANN   In December, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski moved forward on formalizing the FCC’s 2004 net neutrality principles. The response was immediate. Verizon and Metro PCS rushed to file legal challenges to the rules but the FCC has moved…

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules GOP Vows to Block Implementation   FCC Chairman Genachowski spent most of 2010 swimming upstream on the issue of Net Neutrality in light of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals limiting the FCC’s authority on this area; vehement Republican opposition and the defeat of all 95 House Democrats who had…

Washington Watch: Web Accessibility, Net Neutrality, Privacy and COICA

Congress, DOJ Extending ADA to Web and Digital Applications The 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act was marked by two initiatives to make cyberspace easier for the disabled to access.  The first is that the Justice Department announced plans to begin rulemaking proceedings on establishing web accessibility standards under the ADA which would extend…

Washington Watch: Genachowski’s “Third Way” and FTC Update

FCC Chair Julius Genachowski Pursues “Third Way” on Net Neutrality Unlike Rep. Boucher, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski has not been hesitant in pursuing his key mission — net neutrality.  The net neutrality debate stems from a 2005 Supreme Court ruling affirming a 2002 FCC decision that broadband services were informational services (Title I of…

TOP STORIES: Net Neutrality Set Back and Cyber Cold War

Comcast 1, Net Neutrality O The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld Comcast’s (now NBC/Universal) appeal of the FCC’s 2008 order finding that it had violated the agencies net neutrality principles by throttling peer-to-peer users but which imposed no sanction.  The Court of Appeal stressed that the FCC had no such authority, explaining that…