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Jul
19
2012

National Security Letters See Major Legal Challenge – Anonymous Carrier Fights Letters on Constitutional Grounds

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We’ve covered for several years the growing use (or in a significant number of proven cases, the abuse) of National Security Letters. NSLs allow the government to obtain records from broadband ISPs or other businesses, then invoke a gag order against the ISP with no judicial review. That’s of course fairly open to abuse, given the FBI could obtain any records they want, nobody could talk about it, and nobody could review it. As such, […]

Jun
25
2012

Sonic CEO Dane Jasper Still Fighting User Data Retention Laws – The Telecom Sector Needs More Executives Like Dane Jasper

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For much of the last decade the U.S. government has been trying to force data retention requirements on ISPs, most frequently under the banner of fighting child pornography. New bills seem to pop up every year or so, though privacy advocates have traditionally beaten such efforts back. Mandatory ISP data retention was something you’ll recall was a priority for the Bush/Gonzales Justice Department, and (much like warrantless wiretapping) is now being championed by the Obama […]

Jun
15
2012

Karma Offers Wireless at $14 a Gigabyte, Straight – Latest MVNO Attempt to Disrupt Pricing

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There’s no shortage of new wireless MVNOs emerging this year promising to do something a little different on the pricing front. Republic Wireless plans to lower prices by offloading most of the daily traffic to Wi-Fi. FreedomPop promises to offer users a basic free tier of service with low priced data and voice options layered on top. Tucows’ Ting plans to focus on customer service, using auto plan downgrades to save users money. Now this […]

May
17
2012

ABI Research: 90 Million Homes Will Have Home Automation by 2017

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LONDON — New subscription-based home automation offerings are rapidly transforming the way consumers will monitor, secure, and control their homes, according to new research from ABI Research. Long the preserve of expensive, custom-installed technology, home automation is moving into the mainstream, with companies such as ADT, Comcast, Verizon and Lowe’s all adding home automation to their customer services. Connectivity is a key factor driving new entrants into the market. Home broadband penetration rates are high, […]

May
16
2012

The Top Paid CEOs in Telecom – Brian Roberts Tops the List With $26.9 Million

Fierce Telecom has provided a break down of the highest paid executives in the cable and satellite, telco landline, and wireless markets. Apple’s Tim Cook and his $377,996,537 in 2011 compensation aside, the usual folks are about where you’d expect them to be, with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts taking the top spot with $26.9 million in 2011 annual compensation. He’s followed by the other usual names in telecom including Verizon’s Lowell McAdam ($23.1 million), AT&T’s […]

Apr
4
2012

AT&T, Verizon Price Lists for Wiretaps – $75 an Hour to View Entire Tower’s Usage

An ACLU document dump earlier this week highlighted not only how there’s really no rules being followed by small police stations when it comes to wiretaps, but again proved that providing this information to law enforcement can be quite profitable for carriers. As people keep digging through the documents they’re finding no limit of goodies, including the amount companies like AT&T and Verizon get paid for access to user data. Some of this data was […]

Mar
23
2012

Apple Could be Cooking up Their Own Voice Services – Think Facetime, but Voice Only on All Devices

Apple’s Steve Jobs long dreamed of Apple being their own carrier, a dream that was crushed by the reality that he needed to partner with some rather stodgy old telco folk who fight like junkyard dogs to protect mono/duopolies and legacy revenues. Those dreams will only ever see partial realization, as Light Reading points to several new job listings for telephony software engineers to work on new iOS products, suggesting that Apple might be contemplating […]

Mar
16
2012

Want to Write for Broadband Reports? – We’re Still Looking for Content Contributors

Just a reminder: last year we announced that we’ve set some money aside that we’re eager to give back to the Broadband Reports community. Specifically, we’re looking to pay users to craft content focused on broadband-related topics. Subjects can be anything related to our usual coverage areas, which range from telecom politics and advancements in broadband speeds, to ISP price changes or issues with customer support. If you’re employed by an ISP we’d love to […]

Mar
7
2012

CyberPower Introduces Desktop Power Supply and Backup

SHAKOPEE, MN — Providing backup power for fiber-to-the-home equipment in the customer premises has been a vexing problem for fiber deployers for the last decade. Now, a new line of desktop FTTx DC power supply and battery backup units introduced by CyberPower Systems, a manufacturer in the FTTx DC power supply industry, offers more choices for small service providers. CyberPower models DT30U12V-NA3 and DT30U12V-NA3-G, which are designed for mountable locations and desktop use, are suited […]

Feb
23
2012

White House Unveils Privacy Bill of Rights – A Selection of Voluntary Guidelines Most are Already Following

Despite the new age of smarter, undeletable cookies, behavioral advertising, deep packet inspection, clickstream sales and search result hijacking, there still aren’t modern consumer protection regulations in place to protect consumers from privacy abuses. Given the collective lobbying muscle of the telecom, content, and advertising industries that’s not particularly surprising, given none of those sectors want real rules with any teeth. Realizing that at least the appearance of an effort has to take place, the […]

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