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ISPs should make sure their customers have a good experience--even when they're not using the online services that the ISP might prefer.
Since people rely on the Internet for such a wide range of services today, it's important that their Internet connections work well. This means that people should be able to access the broadband services of their choice using the connections they pay for--and those services should be fast, reliable, and low-latency. To some extent, this means that consumer ISPs need to do what it takes to make sure the popular services their customers demand--the reason they subscribe to broadband to begin with--work well.
Let me be more specific. Due to this well-reported story from GigaOM, people have been talking about potential issues with regard to Netflix working well on Verizon's network. People are claiming that Verizon is under-investing in its interconnections with the company that carries Netflix's traffic, which causes Netflix's performance to degrade for some users.
A Creative Commons license on a 3D printed sculpture does not mean that you can print it however you want.
The past few days have seen an increase in complaints by 3D printing designers about how companies that manufacture 3D printers use their designs. It raises questions about how copyright works in the world of 3D printing, and what it means to release designs under a Creative Commons license.
Copyright Still Exists in 3D Printing
One of the things that makes 3D printing so interesting is that, especially when compared to the world of music and movies, lots of 3D printed objects are not protected by copyright (or any type of intellectual property right) at all. However, the fact that many 3D printed things are not protected by copyright does not mean that all 3D printed things are not protected by copyright.
Location: The Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Join us for drinks, hors d'ouvres, and music as we celebrate our 10th annual IP3 Awards.
The IP3 Awards are a special occasion to honor those who have made significant contributions in our field over the past year, or over the course of their carreer. Each year, we honor people in 3 areas of IP: Intellectual Property, Information Policy, and Internet Protocol.
Stay tuned for this year's winners! Have a nomination? Submit it to email@example.com
Location: Cafeteria of the Rayburn House Office Building
Come see the remarkable, disruptive technology of 3D printing in person. Chat with some of the people and companies that make it happen. Mingle with other 3D printing fans and curiosity seekers.
This is the second time PK has hosted the 3D printing community to come together in Washington, DC. Don't miss your chance this time around!
Today the White House issued an executive order calling for federal agencies to enhance the "efficiency and use of their spectrum to satisfy the demand of business and consumer broadband users."
Last year, Consumer Federation of America estimated that spectrum sharing technologies contribute over $50 billion each year to the economy through sales of devices and supporting wireless services. Cisco has estimated that one-third of global wireless traffic passes through shared spectrum technologies such as WiFi, and that the percentage of wireless data traffic flowing over shared spectrum will only continue to grow.
For the past three years, Public Knowledge has advocated for federal spectrum sharing. It is exactly the kind of return the public deserves in the management of "public airwaves."
The following can be attributed to Harold Feld, Senior Vice President:
Today, Public Knowledge, along with 85 Internet companies and organizations, sent a letter to Congress demanding an investigation of the National Security Administration's collection of telephone and internet records.
The letter calls for an investigative committee to immediately investigate the reports from the Guardian and Washington Post that the NSA is spying on American phone records and internet activity. It also calls for legal reforms to change our current state of unchecked global surveillance and for the persons responsible be held accountable for their actions.
The letter contains specific reforms including:
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