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Cybertelecom is a not-for-profit project focused on Federal Internet law and policy. Cybertelecom is an encyclopedic site providing background information, with references to primary and secondary sources, to foster understanding, discourse, and analysis. Information is aggregated into major policy areas including broadband :: network neutrality :: ecommerce :: privacy :: security :: First Amendment :: history :: copyright :: intellectual property :: domain names :: Internet governance. Cybertelecom is successful when a researcher uses the material to develop further analysis, a student uses Cybertelecom to learn, or policy advocates use Cybertelecom to gather information.

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In 1997, at ISPCON, then President of the Texas ISP Association approached me and asked how members of the Internet community could track federal policy developments. At that time, this was an entirely manageable project. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 had passed, with no mention of the Internet (other than the Communications Decency Act ~ which doesn't count). The FCC was focused on introducing competition into the telephone network. The FTC was waking up to privacy implications of the Internet, particularly as it impacts children. And NTIA was embroiled in the Internet Governance wars that would beget ICANN. Two decades later Cybertelecom has grown to over 800 pages. The Internet has gone from a footnote in public policy to its driving force. The Internet has moved from an exceptionalist playground of the geeks who thought they had created a utopia that could reject kings, presidents and voting, to an assimilated necessity of our day to day lives, upon which we depend to communicate, do business, gather information, and learn, and which is at the center of legal and policy considerations just like every communications network before it.

Cybertelecom is an eclectic mash of material gathered over decades. Some of it is in good condition. Some of it is woefully stale and should be deleted. Yes my spell checker is terrible and I am a lousy proof-reader. A lot of Cybertelecom is an aggregation of notes that I find useful and intend to do something with on a later date.

Cybertelecom is not a DIY legal site. Cybertelecom has neither the time nor resources to keep the information up to date and accurate. In fact, we guarantee that the information on Cybertelecom is out of date, incomplete, inaccurate, and filled with typos [disclaimer].

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Once Again, with Feeling This Time: You Cannot Enact a State Law Making Interactive Services Liable for Third Party Content
There is a lot of darkness out there. And it makes us mad. And it makes us want to do something. And sometimes we cant reach the bad people who do bad things. But we can reach intermediaries who have nothing to do with the bad things. Sometimes, in order to "something," we do the wrong thing. State laws imposing liability on interactive services for third party content is the wrong thing.

Duty to Secure your WiFi Access Point?
Something bad happens online. It happens. Plaintiff has the IP Address of the perp. Does plaintiff know whodoit? Is the account owner of an Internet access account liable for anything that happens on that account? Do you have a duty to secure your WiFi access point?

Dial "L" for Liability :: Sec. 230 Protects Online Service for Errant Phone Number
If someone's phone number gets incorrectly published in an online phone book and the result is that person's phone ringing off the hook (essentially a phone DDOS), could the publisher be liable for the errant phone number?



 

 

 

 

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