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Obama Weighs in on Net Neutrality

On November 19, 2014 By Elizabeth Mulkey

President Obama wants the internet to be regulated as a utility…mostly. In a November 10th video statement, Obama laid out a new plan for addressing net neutrality. He proposed that FCC reclassify broadband providers as utilities under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, like traditional phone service providers. However, Obama also wants the agency [...]

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FCC No Longer to Blackout Sporting Events

On October 27, 2014 By Michael Griffin

For years, professional sports and blackouts have gone hand-in-hand. No, not those blackouts; broadcast blackouts of games that failed to sell out. But the times, they are a changin’.

In November of last year, the JETLaw Blog reported that the FCC was reviewing its policy on blackouts. Most sports blackouts are [...]

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Last week, you may have noticed the above “wheel of death” at the top of one of your favorite websites, like Reddit or Netflix. The goal of the “Internet Slowdown Day” was to drive visitors to the Federal Communications Commission to comment on the FCC’s proposed rules for net [...]

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Netflix has been one of the most vocal opponents of the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Just this week the streaming company filed a Petition to Deny with the FCC which formally asks the government to block the deal.

Netflix argues that if the two cable companies [...]

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911: Just a Text Away?

On August 28, 2014 By Danielle Drago

Emergency help may now be at your fingertips. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) recently voted 3-2 to adopt a rule requiring all U.S. cell phone carriers and certain app developers to implement services allowing users to send text messages to 911 by the end of 2014. [...]

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Last month Comcast, the nation’s largest cable and broadband internet provider, announced that it had made a bid to purchase Time Warner Cable (TWC), the nation’s second largest cable provider for an eye-popping $45 billion.  If the deal goes through, Comcast would account for 38% of the broadband market and [...]

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said last week that it intends to craft new net neutrality rules in response to Verizon v. FCC [PDF], in which the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the Commission’s “Open Internet Order.” The Order had set forth various regulations to [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On February 24, 2014 By Brenan Salgado

Broadcast Industry

The U.S. District Court in Utah grants broadcasters’ request for a preliminary injunction against Aereo, ending Aereo’s stretch of court victories over the broadcasting industry.

Information Security

Apple patches an extremely critical security vulnerability in its iOS mobile operating system that allows a third-party to fully intercept and modify encrypted [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On February 3, 2014 By Bradlee Edmondson

Surveillance:

Tech companies win the right to report government data requests (like national security letters) in greater detail. Rand Paul plans on taking his lawsuit against the NSA to the Supreme Court. [via The Hill] The NSA hires its first Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer. [via SANSSC Magazine]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On January 27, 2014 By Bradlee Edmondson

Patent Eligibility Symposium Wrap-Up

On Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, JETLaw hosted its 2013-2014 symposium, Patents 101: From Computer Code to Genetic Codes, focusing on what, exactly, is eligible for patent protection. Chief Judge Randall Rader of the Federal Circuit delivered the keynote address, and panels addressed software patents, gene patents, and principles of patent [...]

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