Minnesota working to protect consumer privacy from ISPs

The proposal in Minnesota still has a few steps before becoming state law. Proponents are definitely capitalizing on the attention garnered by the repeal of the FCC rules. ISPs may not have liked the federal rules, I can almost guarantee that if other states follow suit, they will like it even less. A state level push back could create a minefield that the larger ISPs would have to navigate, likely leading to them taking the most conservative approach rather than incurring the cost of state by state compliance.

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Understand the current and coming policy issues with 5G

Susan Crawford does an excellent job of demystifying a flurry of bills that on the surface are about facilitating the any-day-now, better-than-ever, but not-really-here-any-time-soon technology of 5G. I feel like we should have learned our lesson about carriers and public rights of way by now, that they rarely if ever repay the public trust. Her article contains a lot of good technical detail, as well, about what 5G will and won’t deliver and when, all important to bear in mind when carriers come knocking to your state or locality with a bushel of too good to be true promises, if only we erode or eliminate critical public oversight.

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Following Up for the Week Ending 7/4/2010

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