By Tom Wheeler – “Here’s how the telecom industry plans to defang their regulators,” a September 12, 2013 Washington Post headline announced. “[T]elecom giants including Verizon, AT&T and Comcast have launched multiple efforts to shift regulation of their broadband business to other agencies that don’t have nearly as much power as the FCC,” the article explained.
The companies’ goal: to move regulatory jurisdiction from the Federal Communications Commission to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Strategically, it is a brilliant sleight of hand since the FTC has no rulemaking authority and no telecommunications expertise, yet the companies and the policymakers who support them can trot out the line that the FTC will protect consumers.
With this vote, the FCC walked away from over a decade of bipartisan efforts to oversee the fairness and openness of companies such as Comcast, AT&T, Charter, and Verizon. These four companies control over 75 percent of the residential internet access in America, usually through a local monopoly. Henceforth, they will be able to make their own rules, subject only to very limited after-the-fact review.
The assertion that the FTC will be able to provide that protection adequately is an empty promise. The people at the FTC are good people, but they have neither network expertise, nor the authority to make rules. more>
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By Sasha Cohen O’Connell – Resolving today’s most pressing cyber security and Internet governance challenges is dependent on the tech industry and the government working together on both policy development and policy implementation.
Specifically, collaboration is required to successfully research, design, debate, and ultimately implement effective solutions.
While there is overwhelming consensus on the need for collaboration, it remains a huge challenge. Why?
While many factors contribute to the problem, including differing incentive structures, cultures and business models, one critical element—organizational structure—is a significant and often overlooked hurdle that needs attention and creative solutions.
Most collaborations today are done by ad hoc teams of operational personnel, lawyers, government affairs departments, and/or trade associations or other outside third parties. This setup is neither efficient nor effective. more> https://goo.gl/B0j8RA
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By Alan Grau  – There are a number of reasons that embedded security is hard. A few of the top challenges include:
- The low cost of attack
- The weakest link problem
- A lack of expertise and training
It’s very easy, when talking about cybersecurity, to focus on the various technical aspects of building a secure device.
Security is only as strong as its weakest link. As security is a system issue, not just a device issue, there is a very long chain of possible attack points that must be secured. more> http://goo.gl/6U1IHZ
By Ryan Radia – Unless the courts or Congress rein it in, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) might soon transform itself into the Internet Regulation Commission.
To understand the FCC’s latest power grab, think back to 1996 — the year America Online introduced its unlimited dial-up service.
That’s the last time Congress rewrote federal telecom laws, albeit making barely any mention of the Internet. One new provision, Section 706, instructed the FCC and the states to use their powers to encourage the expansion of speedy Internet access and promote infrastructure investment.
This provision sounds simple enough, but as current FCC leadership sees it, the law is an invitation for potentially boundless regulation. more> http://goo.gl/JLFxo0
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