There are many dimensions to the hack of Sony that, by all accounts, now appears to be a North Korean cyberattack. Certainly, the attack ought to make us all aware that, regardless of debates about the niceties of the labels applied, the U.S. has entered a new era in which cyberwarfare (and response to cyberattacks) will constitute an important element of our national security strategy.
Here, I want to make just a couple of points – briefly.
It is easy, without having access to all the facts, to second-guess Sony’s decision to cancel the initial theater release of “The Interview.” For example, there is ongoing back-and-forth as to whether the theater owners (all or some large number of owners) made it clear that, in any event, they would not screen the film. For me, it is understandable enough that Sony (and/or the theater owners) would put threats to the safety of their patrons high in their calculations concerning whether to go ahead with the film’s release.
That said, I...
Any legitimacy the FCC has comes from the authority of law written by a duly-elected Congress under the U.S. Constitution.
Twice the FCC has tried to mandate new net neutrality regulations on its own and twice the U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned the FCC rules as illegitimate because they were not grounded in statute.
Rather than asking Congress for net neutrality authority in a new law, the FCC is in the process of trying to conjure up new “authority” again by itself, this time by creating...
In mid-December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to hike fees on consumers’ wireless services, subsidizing the cost of Internet connectivity for public libraries and school.
Created in 1996 as part of the Telecommunications Act, the E-rate program receives $2.25 billion annually in consumers’ money, through the Universal Service Fund, a line-item fee tacked upon to the bills of consumers’ wireless devices.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a 62 percent increase, increasing the size...
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