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Wednesday, February 27

The Arrival of “Six Strikes”

By Brad

Yesterday, the Copyright Alert System (also known as “six strikes”) went into effect, which is aimed at curbing illegal sharing of content online. The new rules give ISPs the power to slow — but not outright sever — the Internet connections of repeat offenders. But as Alex Wilhelm of The Next Web reports, at least one provider won’t be slowing Internet speeds:

AT&T… is taking a different route, and will not slow customer Internet connections. Instead, through its later ‘strikes’ the company will require users “to take an extra step to review materials on an online portal that will educate them on the distribution of copyrighted content online,” according to a statement provided to TNW by AT&T.

Wilhelm goes on to note that Verizon plans to slow speeds for infringers to 256Kbps. Comcast, the nation’s largest Internet provider, has yet to announce its plans.

Friday, June 17

Taking on Cyberattacks

By Brad

With cyberattacks on the rise — most recently, the CIA homepage was hacked — Ellen Nakashima of the Washington Post reports the National Security Agency is partnering with Internet service providers on a stronger line of defense:

The novel program, which began last month on a voluntary, trial basis, relies on sophisticated NSA data sets to identify malicious programs slipped into the vast stream of Internet data flowing to the nation’s largest defense firms. Such attacks, including one last month against Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin, are nearly constant as rival nations and terrorist groups seek access to U.S. military secrets.

“We hope the ... cyber pilot can be the beginning of something bigger,” Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said at a global security conference in Paris on Thursday. “It could serve as a model that can be transported to other critical infrastructure sectors, under the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security.”

So far the program is limited to defense contractors, but if it’s successful the NSA says it may want to extend it to domestic traffic, a move that would surely spark a major privacy debate.

Monday, August 23

Leave the Internet Alone

By Brad

At Network World, Michael Morris takes a realist view of the net neutrality debate:

The scare mongering that goes on about Net Neutrality - “those evil companies will block your content” - is overblown just to allow big government bureaucrats to get their hands on the Internet; which for the last 15 years has grown and worked fine by itself.

The proper role of government is to protect your liberty so you can pursue happiness, not grant you happiness by mandating all your P2P traffic gets through. Does any reasonable person believe that Comcast is going to block or slow Google or Facebook traffic? Please. The customer outcry and public relations disaster would be all the shame that is needed to prevent an ISP from blocking meaningful content.

Friday, June 25

Meeting With the FCC

By Bruce Mehlman

The Hill reports on the closed-door discussion between the FCC, Internet content providers, and ISPs earlier this week. At issue was the so-called nondiscrimination rule:

Providers have lobbied hard to fend off such a rule, which might make it difficult for them to charge Internet companies more to move certain content and applications (such as high band-width programs) over their networks.

The disclosure filing also indicates that stakeholders hashed out whether such a rule would apply to wireless platforms, a topic dividing cable and wireless companies.

While the two sides were reportedly unable to reach an agreement, the fact that they’re willing to sit down to work things out encouraging.

Thursday, April 30

Le Trois Strikes

By Brad

Recently, the French Parliament tried to crack down on online piracy by passing a law that required ISPs to pull the Internet access of copyright offenders. But in a surprising defeat, the National Assembly voted the law down.

Now, as Ars Technica reports, the so-called “Three Strikes Law” is back:

The bill is now back in the National Assembly for a second reading, according to French newspapers, and its backers don’t sound ready for anything like “compromise” after being tricked the first time around. If it passes, the bill would create a new administrative authority called HADOPI to handle copyright infringement notices; HADOPI could then choose to warn or disconnect Internet users, placing them on a national Internet blacklist.

But the European Parliament isn’t keen on the idea, and has voted several times to basically ban such practices without judicial oversight. MEPs like France’s Guy Bono have repeatedly sought to make the issue part of the massive “Telecom Package” reform bill that will reshape Europe’s telecom architecture, but Parliament’s bills need to pass muster with the European Council before becoming law. The Council, made up the various EU member states, has opposed (under French leadership) most attempts to restrict Internet disconnection rules.

Today, though, it appears that a compromise has been reached in principle between Parliament and the Council. Reuters notes that the Telecom Package will now contain a line about cutting off Internet access only when an “impartial and independent tribunal” agrees. This deal is broader than past attempts to get judges involved, but narrower than Council ideas about letting any “legal authority” oversee disconnections.

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