2009 February InfoTech & Telecom News PDF

2009 February InfoTech & Telecom News PDF
February 1, 2009

Jim Lakely

Jim Lakely is director of communications at The Heartland Institute, co-director of Heartland’s... (read full bio)

The February 2009 issue of InfoTech & Telecom News leads with Managing Editor Jim Lakely’s on-the-spot report from the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show, where the as-yet unknown regulatory agenda of President Barack Obama and a Democrat-dominated Congress left the technology industry and consumers in limbo.

Page 1 also reports on a Washington State decision tabling a proposal to treat blogging as “Internet lobbying.” Other top stories include:

* A coalition of public policy groups is calling on President Barack Obama to make the federal government the nation’s primary driver of technological innovation.

* The successful rollout of wi-fi service in a small town in Arizona involved no long-term commitment of public funds. Analysts say it shows the private sector can bring broadband to rural communities better than government-directed schemes.

* Houston’s latest attempt to provide free home broadband has failed like its predecessors, once again because costs were too high and demand too low.

* Google CEO Eric Schmidt has called for federal bailout money to support new telecommunications infrastructure and encourage innovation.

* Spam email was recently cut by more than 40 percent virtually overnight. Analysts say the victory, though short-lived, points to the market’s key role in battling spam.

* Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has ordered the state university system to require students to earn a quarter of their credits through online courses by 2015.

* New York Gov. David Paterson is proposing to close the state’s budget gap by imposing nearly 100 new taxes and fees, including an “iTunes tax” on downloads of digital media. such as music, books, games, and movies.

Jim Lakely

Jim Lakely is director of communications at The Heartland Institute, co-director of Heartland’s... (read full bio)