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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in June 2008
Tech Heavyweights Launch Patent Trust
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Cisco, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Sun Microsystems, Ericsson, and Verizon Communications are among those hoping to reduce their exposure to lawsuits.
Federal Criminal Conviction Given To P2P Network Operator
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Department of Justice said this is the first time a federal jury has handed down a criminal conviction for P2P copyright infringement.
Microsoft Lays Out Protocol Patent Licensing Terms
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Protocols for Office 2007, SharePoint 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 are out, but it's too early to tell what impact those releases will have on the company or its partners and competitors.
U.S. House Pushes For National E-Health Records
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
The bill, called the "PRO(TECH)T Act," would increase privacy protections and set national standards to exchange health information nationally.
Hospital Implements High-Tech Emergency Response System
News  |  6/25/2008  | 
Location-based mapping system helps public safety officials, hospitals, and emergency responders more quickly and efficiently get aid to people in trouble.
T-Mobile To Prorate Cell Phone Termination Fees
News  |  6/24/2008  | 
Facing lawsuits and the FCC, all four major U.S. wireless carriers will soon have prorated cell phone cancellation policies.
FCC Moves Forward With Free Wireless Plan
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
Despite opposition from wireless carriers, the FCC is seeking public comment for its free Wi-Fi plan.
Supreme Court To Hear AT&T Access Fee Appeal
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
A federal appeals court had ruled that AT&T was charging wholesale prices to ISPs that were too high for them to compete with AT&T in the retail market.
Web Sites Push For More Transparency and Accessibility In Government
News  |  6/23/2008  | 
OpenCongress and MetaVid give citizens an open window into government activities.
Delta Airlines Tests Cell Phone Boarding Pass
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
The program, in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration, is being tested at New York's LaGuardia Airport on some flights.
FCC Gives Sprint Nextel 30 Days To Vacate 800-MHz Band
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
The plan to reconfigure parts of the wireless spectrum is designed to prevent interference with public-safety communications systems.
Calif. Asks ISPs To Block Newsgroups Exchanging Child Porn
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
Attorney General Jerry Brown hopes Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and Sprint will extend their agreement with New York to the Golden State.
FCC To Verizon: Don't Talk Voice Customers Out Of Switching To Cable
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
Cable TV companies complained that Verizon offered discounts and other promotions to keep consumers in the telco's fold.
FairPoint's Takeover Of Verizon's New England Phone Lines Is Delayed
News  |  6/20/2008  | 
The planned cutover of Verizon landlines in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont has been delayed for 60 days and is now scheduled for November.
Telecommuting Could Save Gas And U.S. $38 Billion Annually
News  |  6/18/2008  | 
If the 53% of white-collar employees who could work from home did, the savings would be substantial, according to a Telework Exchange study.
Verizon Challenges AT&T For Residential Services
News  |  6/17/2008  | 
Verizon said it will expand its fiber-optic network into AT&T's U-verse territory in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the first time.
Mom Pleads Not Guilty To MySpace Harassment Charges
News  |  6/17/2008  | 
Lori Drew is under federal indictment for using the social networking site illegally to bully suicide victim Megan Meier.
PayPal Unveils Developer Portal
News  |  6/16/2008  | 
Additions to the Developer Central Portal include advice on responding to requests for proposals, marketing tips, redesigned APIs, and online payment training materials.
Qualcomm Says 3G Sales Booming, Despite Slow Economy
News  |  6/13/2008  | 
The manufacturer of advanced cell phone components increased its revenue and earnings projections based on strong second quarter results.
FCC Reviews Cell Phone Terminations Fees
News  |  6/13/2008  | 
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin favors federal oversight of cell phone cancellation fees rather than a patchwork of policies from the 50 states.
Enterprise 2.0: CIA's Secret Intellipedia Has Universal Relevance
News  |  6/10/2008  | 
The government's private wiki is a solution to the age-old problem of getting important information into the hands of intelligence agency people who can put it to good use.
FCC's Free Wireless Internet Plan Is Doomed To Fail, CTIA Charges
News  |  6/6/2008  | 
The FCC's free Wi-Fi proposal is based on a bad business model, the mobile carrier association said.
Down To Business: Meter Starts To Tick On Internet Access Pricing
Commentary  |  6/5/2008  | 
Is Time Warner abusing its monopoly and whoring for profits, or just going after its fair share?

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