2009 November InfoTech & Telecom News (full text PDF)

Published November 1, 2009

The November issue of InfoTech & Telecom News leads with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s announcement that he will seek to give network neutrality guidelines the force of law by adopting official rules.

Also in this issue:

* Months of behind-the-scenes revisions to the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 have done nothing to allay fears Congress might give the executive branch too much power and control over the Internet.

* The Governors Highway Safety Association has reversed its long-held position on texting and driving and now wants every state to ban the activity—though it admits the measures will be difficult to enforce.

* Transportation officials in the Sunshine State, worried about the state gas tax bringing in too little revenue, have proposed a high-tech alternative: Tracking where motorists drive and charging them by the mile.

* A federal court has thrown out an FCC rule limiting any cable company to controlling no more than 30 percent of a market’s overall television service—rebuking the commission with sharp, dismissive language.

* Internet service providers are vying to provide wi-fi service on Metro North train lines with service between New York City and upstate suburbs, Connecticut, and the Long Island Railroad.