Senate Slashes Broadband Tax Breaks

Looks like Verizon isn’t going to get the $1.6 billion tax breaks initially reported after the Senate decided to cut the budget for the proposed broadband stimulus package by $1.5 billion. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, has introduced amendments to the initial bill which had proposed $9 billion to be channelled to broadband deployment. These developments dampened the chances of Verizon, currently the leader in fiber optic high-speed access with FiOS service of up to 50 megabits per second, to secure its expected $1.6 billion tax breaks. The legislation, otherwise called the broadband stimulus

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F.C.C. to Open Radio Spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission voted 5 to 0 to approve the new use for the unlicensed frequencies.   The decision comes despite the strong objection of television broadcasters.  Regulators are hoping that this decision will result in low-cost high-speed internet and new wireless devices. To read the full story go to:  http://nytimes.com/2008/11/05/technology/internet/05spectrum.html

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Critical Issues This Week – FCC

The FCC will deal with several key telecom issues in the coming week.  Some these issue include the unlicensed use of television white spaces, Verizon’s acquisition of Alltel and the merger of Clearwire with Sprint’s WiMAX division. The most important issue will be the commission’s decision over whether to allow unlicensed use of television broadcast spectrum known as “white spaces.”  Google, Microsoft and Dell, having been lobbying the FCC to vote in favor of letting wireless data devices operate freely on the spectrum, much as laptops and smartphones can currently operate on unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum.

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World’s Largest Spammers Has Their Assets Frozen

The spammers who send the offers of prescription drugs and male enhancement products have been ordered to stop.  A U.S. district court has identified the companies behind the spam and enforced an action to ensure they do stop. Named in the action are Lance Atkinson of Australia, and Jody Smith of Texas.  They control four companies: Inet Ventures Pty Ltd., Tango Pay Inc., Click Fusion Inc., and TwoBucks Trading Limited.  The companies have also been named in the action. To read the full story go to:  http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2008/10/spam_gang.html

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