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Now here's an interesting claim: had net neutrality been the law of the land several years back, we might not have the iPhone. It's an idea buried in Bret "Exacloud" Swanson's recent comments to the FCC on net neutrality.
Earlier this year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech in which she made it clear that Internet freedom would be a major theme of the US government's attempts to get information to the citizens of repressive governments.
Bowing to pressure from activist groups and to the dictates of common sense, the Obama administration has done what the Bush administration wouldn't and declassified some general information [PDF] about the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), a sweeping program that the Bush White House launched in early 2008 to protect the government and critical civilian networks from cyberattacks.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation might be expected to love the FCC's "Open Internet" push, but the group has one big concern with the rulemaking: the presence of "a loophole for copyright enforcement in its proposed regulations for network neutrality."
Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) resigns from Congress this evening at 5pm, which is good news to ISPs that serve more than two million customers apiece.
This can't be the way that Australia wanted it.
Pop quiz: what organization recently provided the following quotes on "graduated response" to the White House's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel? "Private entities are not created or meant to conduct the law enforcement and judicial balancing act that would be required; they are not charged with sitting in judgment of facts; and they are not empowered to punish alleged criminals without a court order or other government sanction.
Libraries that choose to filter Internet access are not engaging in censorship, according to the Washington Supreme Court.
The star ISP in the drama over the Federal Communications Commission's proposed Open Internet rules filed comments with the agency on that subject this week (as did every other stakeholder in this fight). Comcast comes to the task after having convinced a Federal court to overturn the FCC's order sanctioning it for P2P throttling. You might think, then, that the cable giant's comments would be full of triumphant swagger.