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Dec. 14, 2000, 8:00 AM ET, Alert No. 83.
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Breaking News
The Wall Street Journal reports that the FTC and AOL and Time Warner reached an agreement under which the companies "commit to open their cable systems across the nation to Internet competitors", thus clearing the way for approval of the merger by the FTC. See, full story. (Subscription web site.)
TLJ Stories
NTIA Chief Reports on 3G Wireless in Asia. NTIA chief Greg Rohde met with reporters on Tuesday, December 12 to report on the ITU's Asia Telecom 2000 conference, and his bilateral talks on 3G wireless technologies with other government officials. "We are going to see Asia play a very significant role in the development of the Internet," said Rohde. See also, transcript of press conference.
FCC: Working Paper No. 33, re interconnection, 12/13 (PDF, FCC).
FCC: Working Paper No. 34, re interconnection, 12/13 (PDF, FCC).
GILC: letter to Council of Europe opposing draft treaty on cyber crime, 12/12 (HTML, GILC).
CDT: report opposing Council of Europe draft treaty on cyber crime, 12/12 (HTML, CDT).
IIPA: exec. summary of report on effect of copyright industry on U.S. economy, 12/12 (PDF, IIPA).
Quote of the Day
"... the United States has to move very aggressively on developing 3G. Otherwise, we will be stuck with having to adopt other technologies that are developed elsewhere around the world. We don't want to do that. We want to have U.S. technology playing a lead role. And the way to do that is we have to be on the forefront of developing 3G."

Greg Rohde, NTIA, from Dec. 12 press conference.
News Briefs
12/13. The FCC's Office of Plans and Policy released two working papers which offer proposals regarding interconnection between carriers, including ISPs. One is Bill and Keep at the Central Office as the Efficient Interconnection Regime [PDF], Working Paper No. 33, by Patrick DeGraba. It proposes "a unified approach to interconnection pricing called Central Office Bill and Keep ("COBAK"), which applies to all types of carriers that interconnect with, and to all types of traffic that pass over, the local circuit-switched network. COBAK is a default interconnection regime, which means it would apply only when two networks cannot agree on terms for interconnection. The COBAK proposal consists of two rules for local calls involving two networks. First, a called party’s carrier cannot charge an interconnecting carrier to terminate a call. (Thus, each carrier recovers the cost of the loop and local switch from its own end-user customers). Second, the calling party’s network is responsible for the cost of transporting a call between the calling party’s central office and the called party's central office." The second paper is A Competitively Neutral Approach to Network Interconnection [PDF], Working Paper No. 34, by Jay Atkinson and Christopher Barnekov. It proposes "a default bill and keep solution under which carriers split equally those costs that are solely incremental to interconnection, and recover all remaining costs from their own customers."
12/13. The FBI's NIPC issued an assessment which stated that "A regional entity in the electric power industry has recently experienced computer intrusions through the Anonymous FTP (File Transfer Protocol) Login exploitation. The intruders used the hacked FTP site to store and play interactive games that consumed 95 percent of the organization's Internet bandwidth. The compromised bandwidth threatened the regional entity's ability to conduct bulk power transactions." See, release.
12/13. The USPTO published an unofficial list [PDF] of the individuals who passed the examination given on Oct. 18, 2000 to practice before the USPTO in patent cases.
12/12. The Global Internet Liberty Campaign (GILC) sent a letter to the Council of Europe (COE) stating its opposition to the COE's draft convention on cyber crime. The letter was signed by 22 major (and minor) privacy and Internet related groups. The letter states that "the convention continues to be a document that threatens the rights of the individual while extending the powers of police authorities, creates a low-barrier protection of rights uniformly across borders, and ignores highly-regarded data protection principles." The CDT, signatory to the GILC letter, also released its own report of the draft treaty. See, also, Council of Europe Draft Treaty on Cyber Crime (Draft No. 24).
12/12. The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) released a study titled "Copyright Industries in the U.S. Economy: The 2000 Report" and prepared by Stephen Siwek of Economists Incorporated. It reports that the U.S. copyright industries continue to be one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. economy. The study found that "In 1999, the core copyright industries contributed an estimated $457.2 billion to the U.S. economy, accounting for approximately 4.94% of GDP. This 1999 contribution represents an increase of 10.9% from 1998 ... The copyright industries have created jobs at a much faster rate than many leading sectors of the economy." An Executive Summary [PDF] is in the IIPA web site. The full report is for sale from the IIPA. (Call 202-833-4198.) See also, IIPA release [PDF].
12/7. A federal trial court jury of the U.S. District Court (SDNY) rendered its verdict SEC v. Cassano. The jury found that four defendants engaged in illegal insider trading of stock of Lotus Development Corp. in violation of §14(e) of the Exchange Act and Rule 14e-3 thereunder. The SEC's original complaint, filed on May 26, 1999, charged 25 individuals with engaging in insider trading in advance of IBM's takeover of Lotus in 1995. 17 defendants settled with the SEC prior to the trial. Of the 8 who went to trial, one settled on the last day of trial, four were found liable for insider trading, and three were found not liable. See, SEC release.
Editor's Note: This column includes all News Briefs added to Tech Law Journal since the last Daily E-Mail Alert. The date indicates when the event occurred, not the date of posting to Tech Law Journal.
The Federal Trade Commission meets in closed session at 11:00 AM ET to take action in its AOL Time Warner merger proceeding.
At 10:00 AM Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore will speak at the National Press Club regarding federal readiness to respond to terrorist attacks.
See also, TLJ Washington Tech Calendar.
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