Entries Matching: Public Safety

Blogging Service is Cut Off From the Internet: Weaknesses in Content Access are Illuminated

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

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Why A Small Thing Like Wireless Radio Design Can Really Screw Things Up

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Today, on behalf of the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, Public Knowledge filed comments with the FCC about the plans to build wireless chipsets for the 700 MHz band, the band that is going to be important to the deployment of 4G service.  While that might sound as boring and technical as boring and technical can be, it actually has some very important and straightforward real world ramifications.

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It’s Time to Save the Broadband “Cop on the Beat”

The Communications bar was buzzing today because the FCC released the Executive Summary of its National Broadband Plan. Tomorrow at its monthly meeting, the agency will release the entire plan, all 360 pages of it.

But along with the Commissioners, staff and scores of onlookers, there will be an elephant in the meeting room that will not get nearly as much attention – that is, whether the FCC actually has the power under the Communications Act to enact major parts of the plan. Without a “cop on the beat,” the fate of broadband consumer protection regulations such as privacy, transparency and emergency communications will be at risk, as will other initiatives to ensure great access to broadband and greater adoption of broadband by the disadvantaged.

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Cell Phone Jamming For Prisons: Because There’s Nothing Like A “Solution” That Creates Problems and

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As I've blogged over at Tales of the Sausage Factory, my even snarkier and wonkier blog, a company called CellAntenna continues to try to leverage the problem of cell phone smuggling into prisons t expand its product line. Sadly, they keep gaining momentum, as lots of people (particularly prison wardens) would like to believe that a new tech gadget can solve their problems.

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Jamming Prison Cell Phones Threatens Public Safety, Groups Tell Senate

A day in advance of a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on legislation (S. 251) to allow interference with cellular phones in prisons, nine public interest groups and consumer organizations told the Committee in a July 14 letter that the legislation would cause more serious problems than it would solve.

"Public Knowledge et al., Letter in Opposition to S.251, The Safe Prison Communications Act (SPCA)"

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