September 09, 2007

Who's Whining?

I enjoyed the first half of Steven Pearlstein's rant in the Washington Post this Sunday. That's the one where he takes to task the iPhone purchasers who are whining about... (read more)

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May 02, 2007

Circumvention in 16 Bytes

See this 16-byte hex string: 09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0 It an HD-DVD processing key. It's a code that... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:04 AM to: Tech Policy
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March 23, 2007

Open Documents are Good for Texas

Currently if you get some document from a Texas office or agency, dollars to doughnuts it comes in some proprietary word processing format. If you want to use this document,... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:11 PM to: Tech Policy
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CA City fines Time Warner

When Time Warner acquired Adelphia, many localities found themselves with a new cable provider. Moorpark, CA was one of them. The problem in Moorkpark is that the cable franchise—the contract... (read more)

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March 20, 2007

Will TIF Fee Finally Die

Last month, I blogged about the State suing a phone carrier over bogus fees charged to phone users. I applauded the move, but pointed out that the biggest source of... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:16 PM to: Tech Policy
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February 06, 2007

State Sues Over Bogus Phone Fees

While paying my wireless phone bill last weekend, I was irritated over the number of bogus fees that Sprint Nextel charges. Apparently the State of Texas thinks so too. Attorney... (read more)

Posted by chip at 07:24 AM to: Current Events, Tech Policy
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August 02, 2006

Phone Company Innovations

I'm wearing my Bell Labs t-shirt today. That—and some recent press articles—have me thinking about telco innovation. First, a June 7 article in the New York Times reports that the... (read more)

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July 27, 2006

Endangered Access TV

Tonight, I sat down with Ruth Epstein of the local ACLU to record an interview on threats to public access television. The topic of the session was "Endangered Access TV."... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:53 PM to: Austin, Tech Policy
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July 26, 2006

Why is Congress considering such anti-consumer telecom bills?

One of the most disheatening things about all the astroturf groups that lobby for telecom legislation is their effectiveness in controlling the media story. So, I was delighted to see... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:23 PM to: Tech Policy
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July 01, 2006

Sen. Wyden to the rescue

As I mentioned yesterday, Sen. Ron Wyden is putting a hold on telecom legislation over the lack of net neutrality protections. If you are from Oregon, please consider contacting Sen.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:45 AM to: Tech Policy
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June 30, 2006

Sen. Hutchison kills net neutrality

On Wednesday, the Stevens telecom bill moved out of committee and on to the full U.S. Senate. There is much not to like about this bill, from allowing build-out discrimination... (read more)

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June 21, 2006

Letter to Sen. Hutchison on Telecom Legislation

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is scheduled to vote tomorrow on the Communications, Consumer's Choice, and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006. (The "Phone Company Welfare Act... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:31 PM to: Tech Policy
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April 15, 2006

S.A. Express News: SBC Swarm

Earlier this week I posted a blog entry about the strength of lobbyists in the Texas capital. I also implied a connection to the Telecom Deregulation bill that passed during... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:30 PM to: Current Events, Tech Policy
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April 12, 2006

S.A. Express News: Lobbyists' money talks

Last year, the Governor called legislators into special session to deal with school finance. Instead, we wound up with telecom deregulation. Wonder how that happened? The San Antonio Express-New just... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:45 AM to: Current Events, Tech Policy
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March 23, 2006

Putting the "Community Technology" into "Telecommunications"

I serve on the City of Austin Telecommunications Commission. We are trying to change our name to "Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission" and reorient our charter away from regulated services... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:26 AM to: Austin, Tech Policy
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December 17, 2005

Since When is Getting Reamed a Benefit?

If you are a Texan, you probably can't forget the dueling ad campaigns between the phone companies and cable companies during the last legislative session. In the end, a telecom... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:46 PM to: Austin, Holidailies 2005, Tech Policy
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December 16, 2005

An Open (and Neutral) Internet

How would you like an Internet where you try to go to Google, but you end up at Yahoo instead? Or an Internet that provides you multiple legal sources for... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:39 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Tech Policy
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December 10, 2005

Stupidity-Induced Internet Outages in Austin

The two biggest broadband Internet providers in Austin have had major, stupidity-induced service outages this week. First, SBC changed their DNS servers (for user client queries) without telling anybody. They... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:57 PM to: Austin, Tech Policy, The Net
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November 29, 2005

Your Phone Records for Sale

If you believed the detective stories, you'd think your phone records are super-secret, and only the cleverest gumshoe could con (or charm) their way into getting that information. The reality... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:33 PM to: Tech Policy
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August 10, 2005

Birch Telecom Leaves Austin

News reports yesterday indicate that Birch Telecom is performing massive layoffs. Birch will terminate a third of their workforce. The company will close their Texas sales offices in Austin and... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:54 AM to: Austin, Tech Policy
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May 26, 2005

Corporate Police

I am disturbed that the Department of Homeland Security has taken on a new role as our country's corporate police force. More info at here.... (read more)

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May 18, 2005

SB 408 Telecom Frankenbill is Dead

I recently wrote about how Rep. King tried to attach his bad telecom bills as amendments to SB 408, the otherwise innocuous PUC sunset bill, thus creating a dangerous telecom... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:26 PM to: Austin, Current Events, Tech Policy
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May 13, 2005

Texas Lege Nears Home Stretch

We are in the final month of the Texas legislative session. Midnight this morning was a key date in the legislative calendar. Any House bills that have not had their... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:47 PM to: Austin, Current Events, Tech Policy
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March 23, 2005

Thank You, Todd Baxter

Today, the Texas House approved a telecom bill that puts troublesome limits on community Internet. It could, however, have much worse. Several representatives stood up and championed a bold vision... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:57 PM to: Austin, Tech Policy
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February 20, 2005

Ask Todd Baxter to Support Public Wireless

Mar 23 update: Todd Baxter came through! This week, the Texas legislature will hold committee hearings for the anti-wireless bill. The committee members will determine whether the provisions to outlaw... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:21 PM to: Austin, Tech Policy
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February 17, 2005

Blogging for Muni Networks

I previously discussed how the incumbent communication providers are trying to kill municipal networks in Texas. In the past few days, a coalition of concerned groups and individuals has been... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:02 PM to: Tech Policy
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February 14, 2005

Texas Telcos Want to Kill Municipal Internet Access

Better enjoy your free wireless access in Austin parks and libraries while it lasts. It might not be around much longer. Adina Levin has noted that the omnibus telecom regulation... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:33 PM to: Austin, Tech Policy
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January 23, 2005

MPAA Says "Never Mind"

I recently posted news of a DMCA takedown notice I received. The notice claimed illegal file sharing was occuring on a network that doesn't exist. I never got around to... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:40 AM to: Tech Policy, The Net
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January 12, 2005

Hollywood is Chasing Ghosts

This morning I received email from Hollywood. I wish I could report they want to turn my spam fighting adventures into a major motion picture. Alas, I was the recipient... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:07 AM to: Tech Policy, The Net
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January 09, 2005

Salaries for Tech Professionals in Decline

The IEEE-USA performs an annual salary survey of electrical engineers and technology professionals. The recently released their latest survey, based on 2003 data. The news is disturbing. For the first... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:26 PM to: Tech Policy
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March 17, 2004

Copyright and I.P. for Geeks

Tomorrow evening (March 18, 7:00pm), CACTUS is presenting a talk on copyright and intellectual property. The presentation will be by noted author Siva Vaidhyanathan, so it could be pretty cool.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:27 AM to: Austin, Tech Policy
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