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Ca-Botics STAR “Sewer Telecommunication Access by Robot”

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Using a compact robot controlled from a mobile unit on the surface, new fibre-optic cable is easily installed in existing conuit, such as municipal sorm drains.
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Twitter Suspends Accounts For 'Infringement' Despite Not Linking To Any Infringing Works | Techdirt

Twitter Suspends Accounts For 'Infringement' Despite Not Linking To Any Infringing Works | Techdirt | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

It's already troubling enough to many people that merely linking to some content can make you subject to a DMCA takedown notice. Merely linking to content that others may have uploaded or hosted doesn't seem to fall into any of the exclusive rights covered by copyright law.


But now it appears things are going even further, and Twitter is helping, for reasons that make no sense. After a Spanish film distributor sent copyright takedown notices to Twitter about the accounts of Elite Torrents and Bajui, both accounts were shut down.


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Cable companies facing enormous shifts in market, regulatory environments | Fred Pilot | Eldo Telecom

Cable companies facing enormous shifts in market, regulatory environments | Fred Pilot | Eldo Telecom | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Cable companies like Comcast, Time Warner and others are facing enormous shifts in the market and regulatory environment that are likely to prove very challenging to navigate going forward. Earlier this year, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission subjected cable companies to Title II of the Communications Act in its Open Internet rulemaking deeming Internet service providers -- cable companies top the list measured by total customer premises served -- common carrier telecommunications utility providers under Title II.

That's hugely incompatible with cable's business model based on offering subscriptions to bundles of TV channels to selected -- and not all -- customer premises in their service areas. At the same time as this regulatory sea change is occurring, the marketplace is also being disrupted as consumers increasingly shun these offerings.


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MD: 2,000 cases may be overturned because police used secret Stingray surveillance | Nicky Woolf | The Guardian

MD: 2,000 cases may be overturned because police used secret Stingray surveillance | Nicky Woolf | The Guardian | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

More than 2,000 cases could be overturned in Baltimore as the first motion for a retrial is filed accusing the state’s attorney’s office and the police of “deliberate and wilful misrepresentation” of the use of the secret surveillance equipment known as Stingrays.

The motion, which was filed on behalf of defendant Shemar Taylor by attorney Josh Insley in the Baltimore city circuit court on Friday, says the state’s attorney’s office colluded with the police department to withhold “discovery” material from the defendants and the courts about the use of the Stingray device. Taylor was convicted of assault, robbery and firearm possession.

Manufactured by the Harris corporation and around the size of a briefcase, Stingrays are one of a class of surveillance devices known as “cell-site simulators”, which pretend to be cellphone towers in order to extract metadata, location information, and in some cases content from phones that connect to it.

Prosecutors are required to reveal the evidence against defendants in the “discovery” phase of a criminal trial.

However, a Guardian investigation in April revealed a non-disclosure agreement that local police and prosecutors were forced to sign with the FBI before using the Stingray devices, which mandated them to withdraw or even drop cases rather than risk revealing Stingray use.


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NY: Top economic development projects for the Southern Tier | Jeff Platsky | PressConnects

NY: Top economic development projects for the Southern Tier | Jeff Platsky | PressConnects | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

By the end of the year, the Southern Tier of upstate New York will know if it hit the economic development jackpot.

Between now and then, there will more meetings, more planning and a lot finger-crossing as the state decides which three of seven upstate regions will be awarded a $500 million economic development prize.

Also in the meantime, there is still the traditional economic development process, in which Regional Economic Development Councils identify and endorse project priorities for a separate round of funding.

On Tuesday, the Southern Tier Regional Economic Council identified 33 projects for a potential $30 million in funding from the state’s economic development arm, Empire State Development.

Among the projects endorsed on Tuesday by the council:


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Research Drives Southwest Indiana's Regional Cities Plan | Benzinga.com

Generating primary medical research and creating a new urban living environment will drive Southwest Indiana's Regional Cities proposal. Presented this week to members of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation along with four representatives of the Regional Cities strategic review team, Southwest Indiana's plan, entitled Indiana's Great Southwest, will help create demand drivers and quality of place projects that attract talent as well as build a national brand. Two Indiana regions will be selected to receive up to $42 million to implement its plan.

Cornerstone projects of the Southwest Indiana plan are embedding primary research within the new Indiana University School of Medicine Multi-Institutional Academic Health Science Education and Research Center; and, building the Working Lab for New Urban Living, a partnership that includes Vectren, a Midwest energy company, and Haier, the world's largest appliance manufacturer.

"We know how critical the issue of talent has become, not just for our region but for the U.S.," stated Lloyd Winnecke, Mayor for the City of Evansville. "Our state leaders received a front row seat as to how our region's plan will best meet Indiana's talent needs and become a national model in doing so."

The research center will include outpatient-based research involving four regional hospital partners; early discovery engagements associated with pharma and medical devices; and, incubator space to accommodate startup businesses while increasing the capacity to attract talent interested in medical research, medical entrepreneurial pursuits, or both.

Playing off the "Internet of Things", Haier, Vectren and a selected private developer will create a downtown housing complex that will function as a new urban living research center. With significant growth in urban living across North America, considerable value exists in designing new appliances and related products for small urban living spaces with the ability to monitor, research and analyze energy utilization under various controlled conditions.


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Progress update on California Economic Summit’s Roadmap | Justin Ewers | CA Forward

Progress update on California Economic Summit’s Roadmap | Justin Ewers | CA Forward | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

When the Roadmap to Shared Prosperity was released earlier this year, the Summit network of business, environmental, and nonprofit leaders hailed the five-year plan as a way to “amplify their collective impact” and focus state economic policy on the triple bottom line—promoting ideas that simultaneously advance economic growth, environmental quality, and increase opportunity for all.

The Roadmap outlines a broad agenda, and by necessity. From lingering poverty to the specter of climate change, the Summit’s prosperity strategy not only reflects the priorities of the state’s diverse regions, it also acknowledges that taking on any of California’s biggest challenges requires taking on all of them at the same time.

So, with the next Summit approaching on November 12-13 in Ontario, how is progress on the Roadmap?


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New iOS malware should make you think twice about jailbreaking your iPhone | Andrea Peterson | WashPost.com

New iOS malware should make you think twice about jailbreaking your iPhone | Andrea Peterson | WashPost.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Information about the Apple accounts of more than 200,000 iPhone users who "jailbroke" their phones has been stolen by cybercriminals who could use the data to lock the phones and hold them for ransom, according to Palo Alto Networks, a cybersecurity research firm.

The malware behind the digital theft, dubbed "KeyRaider," has "successfully stolen over 225,000 valid Apple accounts and thousands of certificates, private keys, and purchasing receipts," Palo Alto researchers said in a blog post. The stolen data appears to have been downloaded to an insecure server where hackers can easily gain access to it, the researchers said.

"We believe this to be the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware," the blog post said.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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District Court Judge Worried About NSA Running Out The Clock On Phone Records... While Appeals Court Happy To Let Clock Run | Mike Masnick | Techdirt

District Court Judge Worried About NSA Running Out The Clock On Phone Records... While Appeals Court Happy To Let Clock Run | Mike Masnick | Techdirt | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

On Wednesday, there were separate hearings in two of the most watched cases around the NSA bulk phone records collections. First up, was a hearing before district judge Richard Leon, who was the first judge to find the NSA's bulk collection of phone records under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act unconstitutional.


As you may have heard, last week, the DC circuit appeals court struck down that ruling, focusing solely on the question of standing, saying that the plaintiff, Larry Klayman, had failed to prove that he had standing, since he used Verizon Wireless, and the documents released by Ed Snowden only showed that Verizon Business Services turned over phone records.

Of course, in a bit of a twist, while it was true at the time of the original lawsuit that there was not public information confirming Verizon Wireless participated in the program (even though many suspected it), since then the government has released documents proving that Verizon Wireless was part of the collection program.


Back in court, Judge Leon made it clear he still believes that the program itself is unconstitutional (and that the appeals court did not rule on that issue, but just the standing issue). He's also well aware that under the USA Freedom Act, the bulk collection under the PATRIOT Act is about to end, so he spent the time in court suggesting strongly to Klayman that he needs to act quickly if the case is to have any meaning at all -- while also telling the DOJ he won't let them just run out the clock.


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NC: Salisbury Now Home To Fastest Internet In U.S. | Ben Bradford | WFAE.org

NC: Salisbury Now Home To Fastest Internet In U.S. | Ben Bradford | WFAE.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Salisbury, North Carolina – population just shy of 34,000 – can now lay claim to the title of “city with the fastest Internet in the U.S.” It’s not operated by Google, Verizon, or Time Warner Cable. Instead, it’s a homegrown fiber optic network. WFAE’s Ben Bradford says, when city officials launched it, the only title they were seeking was “employed.”

Salisbury’s one of those classic American towns with a prototypical main street. Old buildings, mom-and-pop shops, storefront windows, a church bell gongs out the time.

But at the very end of the historic section, there’s a large office building with Integro Technologies inside.

Company IT head Pat Lafferriere says it requires fast Internet. Integro buys from the city of Salisbury, which started its own provider a few years ago. Lafferriere says it’s fast.

"We’ve got people that download 100s of gigabytes a day, so without that speed, it would drive everybody nuts."

Fibrant, as it’s called, offers download speeds of one gigabit-per-second. That’s about 20-times faster than Time Warner Cable’s fastest offering in Charlotte. And the same speed as Google’s much-ballyhooed fiber optic network operating in Kansas City, and under construction in Charlotte and Raleigh. But as of yesterday, Salisbury now offers an even faster speed—ten gigabits—the fastest Internet, the city claims, available to all residents in any city.


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Charter-TWC Shot Clock Won't Start Just Yet | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable

Charter-TWC Shot Clock Won't Start Just Yet | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The FCC won't start the proposed comment cycle for the Charter-Time Warner Cable-Bright House merger until at least sometime next week.

While the FCC finished voting this week on the protective orders that outline how sensitive business information will be handled, including how it is shared with third parties, an FCC source said the dissents from the decision—both Republicans had issues, one partial dissent by commissioner Ajit Pai, one full dissent by commissioner Michael O'Rielly—will first be incorporated before the item is released, which is expected to be sometime next week.


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DOJ Says Federal Agents Must Seek Warrants For Stingrays; Forbids Collection Of Communications | Tim Cushing | Techdirt

DOJ Says Federal Agents Must Seek Warrants For Stingrays; Forbids Collection Of Communications | Tim Cushing | Techdirt | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Federal law enforcement agencies of America: prepare to get your Stingray house in order. The DOJ has just issued its official guidance for Stingray use and it's full of stipulations that won't make the FBI, DEA or any other participant in a federal investigation very happy.

The seven-page document opens by reminding readers that Stingrays are used for Very Important Work (fugitive apprehension, recovery of kidnapped children, narcotics investigations, etc.). And certainly this is true. But they're also used to hunt down people suspected of misdemeanor theft and used regularly in other non-critical law enforcement work.

After that, it gets to the new rules for Stingray use. Casual use and concerted cover-ups are no longer allowed.


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Deceptive Accounting Used by Verizon: Wired 'Access Lines' Have Been Dramatically Increasing, Not Decreasing | Bruce Kushnick Blog | HuffPost.com

Deceptive Accounting Used by Verizon: Wired 'Access Lines' Have Been Dramatically Increasing, Not Decreasing | Bruce Kushnick Blog | HuffPost.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Verizon, in just New York State, may have added the equivalent of 41 to 65 million wired access lines to handle Verizon Wireless's cell site buildout and traffic, from just 2010 to 2012. And yet, Verizon has been claiming over and over that the company has been losing access lines. In fact, the US Telephone Association, (quoting Verizon), stated that "In 2000, (Verizon NY) had over 11 million access lines. Today they have 2.9 million access lines."

Here's a snapshot (graphic above) of what triggered our new investigation.


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MA: City pushes for fast Internet but Verizon says it'll be a while | Grant Welker | Lowell Sun

MA: City pushes for fast Internet but Verizon says it'll be a while | Grant Welker | Lowell Sun | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

City officials want to bring the fastest Internet available to Lowell, even though the service the city is looking for isn't likely to come any time soon.

City Manager Kevin Murphy wrote last month to Verizon executives urging the company to offer its FiOS service in Lowell.

"In order to grow and sustain our economy and improve the lives of our residents, we need a world-class communications infrastructure," Murphy said. "Unfortunately, Verizon has chosen to bypass the city of Lowell in the deployment of all-fiber FiOS network."

Verizon, though, doesn't have any timetable for expanding FiOS to any new communities, not only Lowell.

"We need to build out in the communities where we already have franchise agreements," Verizon spokesman Phil Santoro said this week. The company has such agreements in 112 communities in Massachusetts and in nine states overall, he said.

Only after that point, Santoro said, might Verizon begin looking at new communities to offer FiOS, which includes Internet, TV and phone services.

Lowell isn't the only area city without FiOS -- Boston doesn't have it, either, despite lobbying for the service. Haverhill, Quincy, Fall River and New Bedford also don't.


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KY Gov. Beshear, Rep. Rogers launch statewide broadband network – The Ohio County Monitor | Fred Pilot | Eldo Telecom

KY Gov. Beshear, Rep. Rogers launch statewide broadband network – The Ohio County Monitor | Fred Pilot | Eldo Telecom | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Gov. Beshear, Rep. Rogers launch statewide broadband network – The Ohio County Monitor:


Reliable, high-speed Internet is coming to every county of the state, and supporters say the broadband project will be the key catalyst for profound and sweeping growth in job creation, health access and education.

To celebrate the construction of the statewide KentuckyWired, I-Way broadband network, Gov. Steve Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers, state and local officials and hundreds of citizens gathered at Hazard Community and Technical College to learn more about KentuckyWired and how Kentucky’s future will benefit from broadband.

The broadband project will begin in eastern Kentucky and over the next three years will spread throughout the state.

 It's one thing to build middle mile Internet infrastructure such as the project reported here. But the value of that middle mile infrastructure can only be fully realized when it connects homes, businesses and institutions via last mile infrastructure.


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FBI: Hurricane Katrina Made It Clear We Just Don't Have Enough Stingray Devices | Tim Cushing | Techdirt

FBI: Hurricane Katrina Made It Clear We Just Don't Have Enough Stingray Devices | Tim Cushing | Techdirt | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the federal government stepped up to assure the nation that as horrifically damaging as the storm was, we would all come out of it OK.*

*Offer does not apply to affected residents of New Orleans.

President Bush let us know that FEMA head "Brownie" (born Michael D. Brown) was doing a "heckuva job" botching the government's response. The New Orleans Police Department worked hard to secure critical infrastructure, going so far as to show up in civilian clothes, armed with unapproved weapons. And the FBI, which sent its people to assist in search and rescue operations and to help curtail post-storm looting, made sure an unprecedented tragedy wouldn't go to waste.

MuckRock's Shawn Musgrave points out that, hidden among the 5,000 heavily redacted pages it received in April in "response" to its FBI-Stingray query, the agency's Katrina experience somehow made Stingray acquisition a priority.


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Arris Engineers Eye Supersonic DOCSIS | Jeff Baumgartner | Multichannel.com

Arris Engineers Eye Supersonic DOCSIS | Jeff Baumgartner | Multichannel.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

DOCSIS 3.1 will enable cable operators to flirt with downstream capacities of 10 Gbps, and is sometimes viewed as the platform that will serve operators before they abandon HFC and ultimately go with a fiber-to-the-home approach.

According to some Arris engineers that are noodling the future, HFC’s runway could extend much longer than that, and possibly support 50 Gbps or more, when teamed with the right technical approach that involves pulling fiber even closer to the home and tapping into spectrum well beyond 1 GHz.

Arris presented its ideas in Keystone, Colo., at the recent CableLabs Summer Conference’s Innovation Showcase (Veniam, a startup that turns vehicles into mobile WiFi hotspots came away with top honors, by the way).


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CT: Norwalk Looks For Growth With New Economic Development Action Plan | Casey Donahue | Daily Voice

CT: Norwalk Looks For Growth With New Economic Development Action Plan | Casey Donahue | Daily Voice | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Norwalk released its new “ Economic Development Action Plan ” on Wednesday, outlining steps and initiatives that the city can take to encourage and grow business in the coming years.

The plan was developed over the last eight months by a group of 40 people, including elected and appointed officials, business owners and leaders, community members and other stakeholders. The plan outlines key goals designed to retain existing businesses and attract new businesses to Norwalk.

Mayor Harry Rilling said that the plan is designed to guide the city through the next three to five years, but that it will be revisited every six months.

“What we want to do is not let this sit on a shelf and gather dust like some plans do,” Rilling said. We want to revisit this and convene a meeting every six months, look at the document and determine where it needs to be tweaked, where we need to add things, measure our progress on some of the key actions, and look at the goals and see if they’re still viable goals.”

The six key goals outlined in the plan call for:


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The Comeback of the Great Lakes States | Joel Kotkin | Forbes.com

For generations the broad swath of America along the Great Lakes has been regarded as something of a backwater. Educated workers and sophisticated industries have tended to gather in the Northeast and on the West Coast, bringing with them strong economic growth.


Yet increasingly these perceptions are outdated. The energy hotbeds of Texas, Oklahoma and North Dakota may have posted the strongest employment growth since 2007, and were among the first states to gain back all the jobs lost in the recession. But a group of less heralded places from Minnesota to western Pennsylvania have also enjoyed a considerable revival, as energy, manufacturing, logistics and other basic industries have rebounded.


Every Great Lakes state except for Illinois now has an unemployment rate below the national average, a stunning reversal from previous decades.


Ironically the state most popularly associated with long-term economic decline, Michigan, has been lauded in a Pew study as perhaps the ”biggest success story. From the state’s nadir of household employment in November 2009 through this July, the Wolverine State has added 302,543 jobs, a 7.2% increase.


One clear key to improving conditions in Michigan and elsewhere is the revival of America’s industrial economy.


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MA: Looking Beyond Kendall Square For Growth: Tech & Innovation Chief Katie Stebbins | Mike Deehan | WGBH News

MA: Looking Beyond Kendall Square For Growth: Tech & Innovation Chief Katie Stebbins | Mike Deehan | WGBH News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

When you imagine what Massachusetts’ ambassador to the fast moving and sometimes-funky innovation sector might be like, Katie Stebbins isn’t what immediately springs to mind. Instead of an MIT-credentialed Cambridge hotshot, she’s a 44-year-old mother of two who commutes daily from her Springfield home.

To extend her official working day, Stebbins puts her commute to good use, scheduling phone meetings with venture capitalists and innovation mechanics. With any luck, by the time she’s back in Hoop City she’ll eat, and, on occasion, cook dinner with her husband (Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Bruce Stebbins) and two children, ages 8 and 10.

As Gov. Charlie Baker's inaugural assistant secretary of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship within the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Stebbins, on the job since April, is a key player as Baker knuckles down to blueprint a plan to maintain the state's role as a tech leader in the face of growing competition from New York and California.


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WA: Jamestown S'Klallam tribe buys Mobilisa Wireless of Port Townsend | Peninsula Daily News

WA: Jamestown S'Klallam tribe buys Mobilisa Wireless of Port Townsend | Peninsula Daily News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

On August 31, 2015, the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Sequim closed on its purchase of Mobilisa Wireless from Intellicheck/Mobilisa Inc. of Port Townsend.

The new stand-alone company, called Mobilisa Enterprise Wireless, is now a Jamestown Networks (JNet) affiliate managed by the tribe's Economic Development Authority.

The addition of Mobilisa Enterprise Wireless brings wireless telecommunications design, installation and monitoring solutions to the tribe's business portfolio.

Mobilisa has substantial experience and expertise in engineering, design, development, production, deployment and sustainment of wireless technology and infrastructure both on land and over water.


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MN: Completion of Lake County broadband Internet project on track, officials say | NNC Now

MN: Completion of Lake County broadband Internet project on track, officials say | NNC Now | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

It's a race against the clock. Lake Connection crews are working 12 hours a day, six days a week, to pump broadband Internet into homes and businesses.

"We're hooking up people every day. We're getting calls every day from people asking 'when is it my turn?'", Lake County Board chair Rich Sve said.

Officials say construction on the first of its kind $70 million project, which started two years ago, is now 95 percent complete.

"It's been a big project. It's been a long haul," Sve said. "This is fulfilling the state and federal mandates to underserved and unserved areas."

The remaining work, however, needs to be wrapped up by September 30th. That's when a $66 million dollar federal grant and loan is set to expire.

Officials say despite legal, financial and geographic hurdles, they'll meet the deadline.


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Even encrypted medical record databases leak information | Jeremy Kirk | NetworkWorld.com

Even encrypted medical record databases leak information | Jeremy Kirk | NetworkWorld.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A new study from Microsoft researchers warns that many types of databases used for electronic medical records are vulnerable to leaking information despite the use of encryption.


The paper, due to be presented at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security next month, shows how sensitive medical information on patients could be pilfered using four different attacks.


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U. S. Chamber of Commerce Sues FCC Over Robocall Rules | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable

U. S. Chamber of Commerce Sues FCC Over Robocall Rules | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has filed suit against the FCC's decision last month to tighten robocall rules, which could change the way companies market and politicians contact their constituents.

In its petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the chamber said the decision "will accelerate abusive class action lawsuits against businesses under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)," accusing the FCC of being arbitrary, capricious and abusing its authority.

The Chamber said the FCC overstepped that authority by restricting communications to customers who gave their permission to be contacted.


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CWA union calls for federal, state investigation into Verizon's copper network | Sean Buckley | Fierce Telecom

CWA union calls for federal, state investigation into Verizon's copper network | Sean Buckley | Fierce Telecom | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union has asked that federal and state regulators in the 11 states where Verizon operates wireline networks investigate its claims that the telco is not performing necessary repairs and upkeep on its copper landline networks. It has filed letters to regulators in six states and Washington, D.C.

In July, Verizon told the FCC in a letter that it spent $200 million over the last seven years to maintain its copper-based landline networks.

Joining fellow incumbent LEC CenturyLink, Verizon's letter was sent to the FCC in order to illustrate its claim that the de facto copper retirement concept is a "myth" and there's no need to include new requirements addressing the issue in its technology transition plans. De facto copper retirement is a process where a telco will let their aging copper plant deteriorate to the point where it would become necessary to replace the copper with fiber.

According to the CWA, which is in the process of negotiating a new union contract with Verizon, the amount was less than 1 percent of the amount phone and DSL customers pay the for service.

CWA said in a release that this "means the average customer is financing wireless and fiber expansion, rather than the upkeep of the network they rely on," adding "that while it does support Verizon's expansion of FiOS, the company also has a legal obligation to provide safe, reliable service over its traditional landline network."

For its part, Verizon has continued to retire copper facilities, particularly on those lines where customers have reported issues with their voice services, and migrate them to fiber, a trend that continued into the second quarter. During the second quarter of 2015, Verizon reported that it had converted 51,000 customers off of copper to fiber, bringing its first-half total to 98,000. It has set a full-year goal to convert 200,000 customers.

CWA is not the only one that has raised concerns about Verizon's copper retirement and maintenance strategies.

A number of CLECs, including XO Communications and Windstream, two providers that use ILEC copper loops to provide Ethernet over Copper (EoC) services to complement its fiber product set, said that while they don't want to delay an ILEC's migration to fiber it would like a longer notice period when non-residential copper is going to be taken out of service.


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Sen Franken Broadband Roundtable: Everyone wants it but who pays for it, who builds it, who manages it? | Ann Treacy | Blandin on Broadband

Sen Franken Broadband Roundtable: Everyone wants it but who pays for it, who builds it, who manages it? | Ann Treacy | Blandin on Broadband | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Yesterday Senator Franken met with dozen or so people yesterday all representing different stakeholder in the broadband world. Everyone agrees broadband is important. It’s like electricity. It helps economic development. It’s as important as textbooks in education. A home without access to broadband loses its value. A farm that loses connectivity can’t run – even milking machines are online!


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