CCIA Pleased With White Spaces Announcement

The Computer & Communications Industry Association is issuing the following statement in response to FCC Chairman Martin’s announcement that he wants to allow portable devices to use the white spaces between TV broadcast channels for wireless and broadband. This can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black: “We are very pleased if this…

New Evidence Of Surveillance Abuse

Two military intercept officers who worked at a National Security Agency center in Georgia told ABC News they eavesdropped on the phone conversations of hundreds of U.S. citizens overseas. The officers told how operators would pass around time codes of the calls journalists, soldiers and aid workers made to friends and family back home. The…

CCIA Petitions FCC To Amend Definition Of Universal Service

Universal Service should be redefined to ensure low-income consumers have access broadband service, according to a petition the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed with the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, has noted that broadband communication is becoming the “great economic engine of our time” while others like Commissioner…

CCIA Reaction To Obama Win, Senate Changes

We congratulate President-elect Obama, Vice President-elect Biden, and all those elected to the Senate and House who face historic challenges and opportunities. President-elect Barack Obama used technology and the Internet in unprecedented ways to organize volunteers, raise money and communicate his position on issues. The Computer & Communications Industry Association looks forward to seeing how…

CCIA Says Hollywood Suit Seeks To Stifle Innovation

The Motion Picture Association, which represents six Hollywood movie studios, announced those studios are suing RealNetworks Inc. for releasing software Tuesday that allows consumers to copy DVDs onto their computer’s hard drive. The studios are asking for a temporary restraining order saying the downloadable software Real DVD violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by bypassing…

DOJ Antitrust Report Creates Uncertainty

The Department of Justice released a report on Antitrust Monopoly Law yesterday. The report, “Competition and Monopoly: Single-Firm Conduct Under Section 2 of the Sherman Act,” sought to examine whether specific types of conduct run foul of Section 2 of the Sherman Act. In response to the report, Ed Black, President & CEO of the…