DAILY FIVE (12/23)

23 December 2010

1. 2010 Year in Review: Net neutrality debate centers on wireless, FierceWireless, Phil Goldstein

News on the net neutrality front was relatively quiet until April, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the FCC overstepped its statutory authority when it cited Comcast in 2008 for preventing users from accessing peer-to-peer file sharing services. The court said the FCC could not rely on its “ancillary jurisdiction” to regulate how Comcast managed its network. The ruling cast doubt on the agency’s authority to implement net neutrality.

2. Skype Goes Out, New York Times,  Verne Kopytoff

Millions of Skype users were unable to make calls for several hours on Wednesday because of technical problems that the Internet telephone service is still trying to fix.

3. 5 Tech Companies To Follow At CES 2011, It Pro Portal, Desire Athow

We’re heading to the United States on the 4th of January to attend the Consumer Electronics Show, the annual conference that kick starts the beginning of the year in Las Vegas and which will last until the 9th of January 2011.

4. CES 2011: HP Enters the Tablet Ring, Tech News Daily, Stuart Fox

With this much hype surrounding a tablet, you’d think that it came from atop Mount Sinai with a little less than a dozen laws on it. It seems that Palm and Hewlett-Packard have decided to enter the already crowded tablet market, and early schematics of their iPad-like product have already hit the Internet. HP joins a fight with Apple and Google? Let the games begin!

5. Republicans on new FCC net neutrality rules: kill!, Ars Technica, Matthew Lasar

Media reform groups may think the Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules are toothless. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) may deem them “inadequate to protect consumers or preserve the free and open Internet.” But the Republican Party has a very different take on the decision.

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