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White House aims to make internet '90 percent cheaper' to build, teams up with Mozilla for $500k competition

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The government's US Ignite partnership aims to push the growth of next-generation broadband networks, teaming up with over 100 start-ups, universities and existing tech companies like HP, Comcast and Verizon for the project. The President is set to sign an executive order today that aims to cut the cost...
White House aims to make internet '90 percent cheaper' to build, teams up with Mozilla for $500k competition

Hold cops personally liable for camera arrests? Connecticut bill says yes

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The Connecticut state Senate passed legislation last week that would hold police officers in the state personally liable for violating a citizen's First Amendment right to videotape their actions. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Eric Coleman (D-Bloomfield). According to The Day, a Connecticut newspaper, Coleman cited the 1991...
Hold cops personally liable for camera arrests? Connecticut bill says yes
Vic Toews Apparently Not A Fan Of Others Seeing His Personal Data

Canada relaxes rules on foreign ownership of wireless companies, plans spectrum auction for first half of 2013

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The Canadian government made a major announcement on telecom policy late this afternoon, revealing a change that opens the door to more foreign ownership of wireless companies -- an issue that's been a point of contention for some time. As The Globe & Mail reports, the new rules will...
Canada relaxes rules on foreign ownership of wireless companies, plans spectrum auction for first half of 2013

Canadian Politician: You're Either In Favor Of Letting The Gov't Spy On Your Internet Usage... Or You're For Child Pornography

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Up in Canada, they're pushing for a new "lawful access" bill, which is basically a "government can spy on your internet usage" bill. Michael Geist has a full and complete run down about the new effort and why it's crazy. But, the insane part came out of the introduction when...
Canadian Politician: You're Either In Favor Of Letting The Gov't Spy On Your Internet Usage... Or You're For Child Pornography
Canadian safety minister orders stop to airport recording pending 'privacy impact assessment'

Public Safety Sees Opportunity, Pitfalls in Social Media

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Law enforcement agencies are looking for ways to mine social media to look for threats, but those speaking at a conference on Wednesday suggested that an equally......
Public Safety Sees Opportunity, Pitfalls in Social Media
Photo of the Day: Master Chief, the ultimate Microsoft security guard

Windows 8 app keeps perps under virtual lock and key, frightens pedestrians (video)

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Need something to sate that Windows 8-lust Microsoft stirred up with its Consumer Preview? Then take a gander at this in-development vehicle control app shown off at the company's Redmond campus as part of this year's Worldwide Public Safety Symposium. Developed by Modularis, an outfit known for their enterprise,...
Windows 8 app keeps perps under virtual lock and key, frightens pedestrians (video)

Public safety sees opportunity, pitfalls in social media

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Law enforcement agencies are looking for ways to mine social media to look for threats, but those speaking at a conference on Wednesday suggested that an equally important issue might be trying to control authorities who are causing problems by their use of Twitter, Facebook and other such applications....
Public safety sees opportunity, pitfalls in social media

Verizon gearing up to deliver ‘text-to-911′ capabilities

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Verizon has selected a vendor that will help the company deliver the ability to text 911 emergency services, The Hill has learned. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski commended the company for the move. By accepting texts in this way, in lieu of a phone call, Verizon could set the stage for those...
Verizon gearing up to deliver ‘text-to-911′ capabilities

Spectrum auction compromise part of payroll tax cut bill

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A Congressional compromise to extend the payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits also includes authorization for the incentive spectrum auctions and funding for a public safety wireless network. [Read more]...
Spectrum auction compromise part of payroll tax cut bill

FCC approves spectrum changes for Sprint and hospitals

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woodleywonderworksLate this week, the FCC approved some changes to the current allotment of the wireless spectrum, paving the way for Sprint to expand its current 3G network and launch an LTE service. Possibly more importantly, the government agency also gave hospitals a slice of spectrum that will allow them...
FCC approves spectrum changes for Sprint and hospitals

Text-to-911 moves ahead in the US as Verizon chooses partner vendor

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While text-to-911 has been in the works for some time, it’s looking like Verizon is taking another step towards building a nationwide emergency SMS apparatus, as part of the Next Generation 911 (NG911) upgrades. Those changes are set to also include improved location data for 911 calls as well. About...
Text-to-911 moves ahead in the US as Verizon chooses partner vendor
911 broadband network: brought to you by TV spectrum selloff

Canadians Respond To Internet Spying Bill By 'Revealing All' To Politician Backing It

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We recently wrote about a new effort in Canada around "lawful access" (a nice way of saying internet spying by government). The really ridiculous part was that the Public Safety Minister pushing the bill, Vic Toews pulled out the ridiculous logical fallacy that anyone against the bill was "for child...
Canadians Respond To Internet Spying Bill By 'Revealing All' To Politician Backing It

FCC rules VoIP providers must report outages in effort to improve 911 service

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The FCC has many important things under its jurisdiction, and ensuring a functional 911 service is among the most critical. As such, telephony providers are required to report network outages, so the commission can monitor and maintain a resilient service. Until now, this hasn't included VoIP services, but a...
FCC rules VoIP providers must report outages in effort to improve 911 service
US and Mexico agree to spectrum sharing deal along joint border

FCC to Solicit Comment on Cellphone Jamming

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The FCC said it will seek comment on whether to allow government agencies to block cellphone services "for the purpose of ensuring public safety."...
FCC to Solicit Comment on Cellphone Jamming

FCC Asks for Comments on Mobile Network Shutdowns for Public Safety

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is seeking public comments on whether it's ever appropriate for law enforcement agencies to shut down mobile networks......
FCC Asks for Comments on Mobile Network Shutdowns for Public Safety

Opinion split on authority to shut down wireless in emergency

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Opinion appears sharply divided on whether the government and law enforcement should have unchecked authority to initiate a localized or citywide wireless service shutdown for public safety purposes....
Opinion split on authority to shut down wireless in emergency

Spectrum auction included in payroll bill

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Tucked into an economic legislative agreement reached early Thursday was a plan to auction off $22 billion worth of spectrum held by commercial broadcasters that will go to consumer networks and public safety first responders. Read full article >>...
Spectrum auction included in payroll bill

FCC wants comments on legality of cellphone jamming

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The FCC is asking for public input as to whether or not it should allow federal, state, and local government agencies to intentionally jam wireless services in the interest of public safety. The commission is trying to formulate a policy in the wake of actions taken last summer by San...
FCC wants comments on legality of cellphone jamming

Supremes to Congress: Bring privacy law into 21st century

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commentary The justices have ruled that GPS tracking requires a warrant. Now Congress needs to act to balance privacy and public safety regarding location data....
Supremes to Congress: Bring privacy law into 21st century

Hoboken Tells Snooki And JWoww To Stay Out

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The mayor of Hoboken does not want Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jennifer "JWoww" Farley's "Jersey Shore" spinoff. In a new letter to Jim Bianco and 495 Productions, Mayor Dawn Zimmer has officially denied the request to let the spinoff take place in Hoboken.In the letter, Zimmer says the city has...
Hoboken Tells Snooki And JWoww To Stay Out

Hoboken Denies J-Woww, Snooki Permit To Film Jersey Shore Spinoff

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First, it was food trucks. Then it was the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Now Hoboken is continuing on its straight-and-narrow path by denying filming permits for the Snooki and J-Woww Jersey Shore spinoff. Mayor Dawn Zimmer cited "public safety and quality of life concerns." Perhaps this bikini is too...
Hoboken Denies J-Woww, Snooki Permit To Film Jersey Shore Spinoff

Seybold's Take: Spectrum auctions locked in Congress

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The FCC has committed in its Broadband Plan it submitted to Congress a couple of years ago that it would "find" 500 MHz of spectrum for broadband use within the next 10 years. Further, that within 5 years it would free up 300 MHz of that total for auction to...
Seybold's Take: Spectrum auctions locked in Congress

Yet Another Cheating Red Light Camera

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Stories about the outrage over red light cameras have started to go mainstream. And given that some suspect the cameras are rigged in favor of revenue over safety, it's to be expected that some of the caught drivers would start to fight back. Reader Josh submitted this story about a...
Yet Another Cheating Red Light Camera

Seybold: Democracy Now!

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Andrew Seybold, in a think piece posted on Fierce Wireless says it’s doubtful that the FCC could meet its five-year goal of freeing up 300 MHz of spectrum. “It takes months to prepare for such an auction, then it takes a few years to relocate those already on the spectrum,...
Seybold: Democracy Now!
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