Bloomberg TV: ‘Duopoly With a Fringe’ for AT&T, Verizon: Crawford

July 23 (Bloomberg) — Bloomberg View columnist Susan Crawford discusses the battle for spectrum in the wireless industry as AT&T and Verizon outpace all competitors. She speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Bloomberg TV: ‘Duopoly With a Fringe’ for AT&T, Verizon: Crawford

Another reason on McCain

About ten days ago, I was a co-moderator (with Ari Schwartz) of a panel at CFP during which surrogates for the Obama and McCain campaigns had a civil and well-informed conversation about tech policy. I was impressed by Chuck Fish, the McCain representative, who did his best to win the respect of the geek crowd in the room. (ArsTechnica report about the panel here.) In response to a question about immunity for the telcos in connection with their cooperation with the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program, Fish said that there should…

The biggest surveillance story in years

To very little uproar – that’s the problem – the UK is considering: floating a bill that would centralize all data collected by ISPs. :  Can you imagine this? : The UK has had data retention laws since October 2007 that require phone companies to hang onto phone and text records, and this next step would make all of that data plus email, internet usage, and VoIP data available in a single place – accessible by a mid-level policeman who wanted to know more about his traffic-stop suspect. : Data mining for any…

Prior restraints

The odd story of the Wikileaks.org injunction is described here by the Berkman Center’s Citizen Media project. We still don’t know exactly why the site was ordered taken down – it seems like a trade secret issue – or why this was done ex parte, or why the court initially ordered wikileaks.org’s registrar/host to “immediately clear and remove all DNS hosting records for the wikileaks.org domain name and prevent the domain name from resolving to the wikileaks.org website or any other website or server other than a blank park page,…

FISA and immunity

Great work today on the OpenCongress.org blog, telling us that (1) Sen. Specter wants to have the government step in as defendants in the tens of cases pending against cooperative telcos involved in violating FISA and other laws; (2) Sen. Feinstein wants the secret FISA court to decide the question of immunity; (3) Sen. Leahy’s amendment removing immunity from the telcos has been rejected and Sen. Dodd has vowed to filibuster. As of tonight, it appears the Senate has delayed further consideration of the issue until Monday. Sen. Reid is…

The Auction, the Cops, and Comcast

The 700 MHz auction is just ahead. Bidders will soon be filing their applications, and the auction itself is supposed to start by Jan. 24. This is the big event for telecommunications policy in the U.S. One recent online story says that “it’s almost like the powers-that-be decided to auction off the land in the Grand Canyon or Central Park in New York City.” It could affect the competitive landscape for U.S. wireless providers and change the way broadband reaches rural areas in this country. Re-reading the final rules [warning:…

Boundaries

It’s the ad hoc nature of U.S. communications law these days that gets depressing. It seems only federal courts can help – except when they refuse to get involved. Four very quick snippets of stories to watch: 1. Warshak. The Sixth Circuit said back in June that people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in email sent through ISPs, and so the loose-and-low statutory procedures for government access to these emails (found in the Stored Communications Act) have to be measured against Fourth Amendment standards. The government had used those…