|Sept. 18, 2000
7:30 AM ET.
Alert No. 22.
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9/15. The DOJ approved Verizon's purchase of OnePoint
Communications, a provider of broadband services to apartment
buildings and condos. See, Verizon
release. The FCC has not given its approval.
9/15. The FCC is seeking
nominations of elected municipal officials to fill a vacancy on the
FCC's Local and
State Government Advisory Committee (LSGAC), which was left by
the departure of Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Mary Poss. The LSGAC provides
advice and information to the FCC on public rights-of-way,
facilities siting, universal service, removal of barriers to
competitive entry, and public safety communications. Nominations
will be accepted through 5 PM on Oct. 6. See, FCC
release [MS Word].
9/15. The Intellectual Property Owners
Association (IPO) Board of Directors elected Jeffrey Hawley
of Eastman Kodak to be an
additional IPO Vice President.
9/15. The RIAA hired Bruce
Block to be its SVP of Technology. He previously worked as CTO
and VP of Business Development at Musicmaker.com, a
transaction-based e-commerce media company. See, release.
9/14. DOJ antitrust chief
Joel Klein gave a speech
in Brussels, Belgium, in which he advocated a global competition
initiative. See also, TLJ story.
9/13. The FBI issued a statement
about the privacy of people who use its web site. It is an apparent
response to the Sept. 12 GAO
report which found that 97% of federal government web sites do
not comply with the four fair information practices announced by the
FTC. Quote: "The FBI Home
Page does not capture any information which identifies an individual
visitor, or install "cookies" of any kind on a visitor's
computer." However, the FBI's statement did not identity the
privacy practices of pages in its web site other than its Home Page.
Editor's Note: This column includes all News Briefs added to
Tech Law Journal since the last Daily E-Mail Alert. The dates
indicate when the event occurred, not the date of posting to Tech
|New TLJ Stories
Official Addresses Covisint and Electronic B2Bs. (9/18) The
FTC's Susan DeSanti gave a speech to a legal group in Washington in
which she stated that the FTC is unlikely to adopt guidelines for
electronic B2Bs. She also offered recommendations on how not to run
afoul of antitrust regulators when creating and operating electronic
Advocates a Global Competition Initiative. (9/16) U.S.
antitrust chief Joel Klein gave a speech in Brussels in which he
stated that "we should move in the direction of a Global
Closes Investigation of Covisint B2B. (9/15) The FTC sent
letters to the founders of the Covisint automotive B2B, stating that
it has closed its investigation of whether Covisint violates Section
7 of the Clayton Act, and that it has terminated the Hart-Scott-Rodino
to U.S. Chamber re electronic B2Bs and antitrust (excerpts), 9/14
to to U.S. Chamber re electronic B2Bs and antitrust (excerpts), 9/14
re international antitrust enforcement, 9/14 (HTML, TLJ).
in Symbol Tech. v. Lemelson Med., regarding submarine patents, 8/30
|New and Updated Sections
from Around the Web (updated daily).
|Quote of the Day
"The number of transnational mergers and acquisitions, in
short, will accelerate rapidly, with major Asian companies soon
beginning to conclude -- as many American and European powerhouse
companies already seem to believe -- that, in many industries they
need a global footprint to compete in the global market." Joel
Klein, Asst. Atty. Gen.