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New FCC Open Internet regulations will be voted on in February

The next round of deliberations over how the FCC navigates the net neutrality maze begins in earnest during the last week of February, but when it ends remains uncertain.

Google sees benefits if Title II makes it a cable company

A letter sent by Google last week to the FCC spells out its argument that if Google became regulated like a cable company, mandates for equal access to utility poles would apply to Google, too.

Spotlight: The tech press as latest hacker tool

In his commentary this morning, my very good friend and colleague David Strom lists several of the ironies emerging from the Sony Pictures incursion story.

Verizon: Peering agreements, net neutrality are separate issues

Perhaps the interconnection agreements between Internet service providers should always be private affairs.  But does this mean the FCC can only regulate the "last mile?"

Is marketing communications the same as enterprise communications?

You're reading one of the first tech publications to intentionally target networking specialists, security experts, C-suite executives and marketing professionals all with a single shot. How come?

Top 10 issues in communications: Number 1, collaboration platforms may rise again

The original point of communications convergence was to bring chat and document exchange under the auspices of the operating system. Now that this won't happen, here comes Plan B.

Top 10 issues in communications: Number 2, net neutrality has no solution

What started out as a stalemate evolved into an impasse and finally into a seemingly permanent state of gridlock. No single solution to the Internet regulation issue seems palatable.

Top 10 issues in communications: Number 3, the broadband buildout lacks initiative

The Internet is not, and continues not to be, worldwide so long as agriculture, petroleum, logistics, geology and other legitimate enterprises run outside major cities are left out.

Spotlight: Nearly half surveyed say SDN may be too immature to be secure

If you give a group of C-suite executives a list of bad things to choose from and tell them to arrange them in order of bad-to-worse, like a tally of "Brady Bunch" episodes, does the one...

Congress defunds ICANN/IANA governance transition

Inspired by a belief that ICANN and IANA extend First Amendment protections to Internet users worldwide, representatives in Congress successfully thwart budget provisions for a transition plan.

DNS governing body ICANN admits its systems are compromised

A security upgrade process just begun by ICANN on its zone domain transfer system revealed a compromise whose signature implies the hacker knew what he or she was doing.

Internet of Things presents solution to single sign-on

If you're scared by the idea of a central server out there in the world granting you access to your company network, maybe you'd feel easier with your company network granting you access to the world.

Yubico puts FIDO's second authentication factor in your pocket

The era of logging onto the Web using a real, physical key may have just begun. Of course, if things start to get cumbersome and that key is easily bypassed, it may have just ended.

The information/communications dichotomy

Most intelligent people actually know what the Internet is. So why, when we get into one of the most important debates of our time, does intelligence fail us and we suddenly get this wrong?

Spotlight: Does a CDO or a CIO make communications purchasing decisions?

I'm already on record as somewhat skeptical about enterprises deploying yet another chief something-or-another officer. One key reason is that it isn't exactly clear who has responsibility for what initiative. 

FCC insists rural broadband come to par with urban at 10 Mbps

It may not be an official re-definition of "broadband" just yet, but the FCC's alteration of its Universal Service Fund order does give it double-digit download speeds. The question remains, will enough carriers sign up?

Microsoft prepares more Windows 10 details for January 21

IT organizations aching for more data that could lead them to a decision about whether to abandon Windows as their company desktop may get a few morsels next month.

Ping Identity engineer: On second thought, passwords may be okay

One of the objectives that the FIDO Alliance 1.0 Specification sets forth is to strengthen authentication through a choice of multiple factors. And one of its compromises is allowing passwords to be one factor.

Top 10 issues in communications: Number 4, the virtualization of devices

One of the most productive and useful innovations in the history of communications may not happen because some folks are making headway characterizing it as unnecessary.

Spotlight: Advocacy group urges FTC to go to war with FCC on net neutrality

Since the principle of divided government has performed so well in recent years, why not try pitting one government regulatory agency against another in order to effectuate a stall of net neutrality?...