Posts by Anne Halsey
There is a cop on the beat when it comes to “mystery charges” on your cell phone: the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Yes, the same FCC that after a year of dithering can’t bring itself to use its lawful authority over broadband, has decided to stick up for consumers who are tired of being nickel and dimed on their cell phone bills.
While some ISPs are busy arguing to the FCC that the First Amendment makes net neutrality rules illegal, Congress is considering a bill (HR 3817) that would exempt ISPs from liability for providing fraudulent information to their customers. ISPs, of course, love this. Limitations from liability are great! But should they prevail on both arguments, convincing the FCC that they're more like Harper-Collins or a guy on a soapbox (by the way, have you ever actually seen a wooden soapbox?) than like the mailman, and also getting new special protections passed into law, they'd be the only "speakers" that can facilitate fraud without legal repercussions.
My name is Anne Halsey and I am the newest of the PK summer interns. I started at the beginning of July and have been getting up to speed on a variety of issues, some of which I've worked with before and some of which are new to me. I'm looking forward to spending the rest of my summer in DC working on issues that are near and dear to PK and to me!
Like Anjali, I'm also new to Public Knowledge, although not to DC summers. During and just after college I worked for One Economy Corporation, also in DC, on increasing access to the internet for under served international communities. Working for One Economy brought home just how vital the internet is, and how intricate and interesting tech law and internet law in particular can be.
The blogging service Blogetery was recently cut off from the Internet by its web hosting service. As a result, blog creators and readers lost access to an estimated 73,000 blogs. Why Blogetery was cut off from the Internet is not clear. The New York Times' Bits Blog originally reported that the cut off resulted from an FBI request, made after the FBI discovered links to Al Qaeda bomb-making instructions on one of the blogs on the Blogetery service. The web host