Securing Your Wireless Network

Cyberlaw Central

In talking to them, it quickly becomes obvious that many of them have not secured their wireless network properly. Most wireless routers come out of the box with the default setting of being wide open, i.e. with no security, so anyone can use the connection who is within range of it. A good way to find out how to secure your own wireless network is to search Google with the terms “how to secure wireless network” along with the manufacturer’s name or model number of the device.

George Lucas sues to stop 'Jedi Mind' wireless headset

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

which touts a wireless headset that. By Eriq Gardner LucasFilm has filed a $5 million trademark lawsuit against a company marketing a technology that allows users to control computer applications directly with their minds. The defendant is Jedi Mind, Inc.,

Verizon Wireless Files RICO Suit against Mobile Marketers, Alleges Deception and Fraud in Evasion of MMA Guidelines Requirements for Short Code Campaigns

New Media and Technology Law

Cellco Partnership, doing business as Verizon Wireless, filed a lengthy complaint on March 7, 2011, against mobile marketing entities that have conducted short code marketing campaigns on its network. The marketers must disclose to the wireless carrier (in this case, Verizon) the URL of the opt-in Web page, so that the Web site can be checked for compliance with disclosure requirements. Electronic Direct Marketing MMA Guidelines Verizon Wireless cellco mobile marketing

TV Incentive Auction Moves Forward – FCC Estimates the Value of TV Stations and Clarifies the Interference Standard for Stations Who Remain After the Auction

Broadcast Law Blog

There are more and more signs that the FCC is moving forward aggressively with its “incentive auction ” to purchase TV stations so that their licenses can be cancelled and their spectrum sold to and reused by wireless companies for wireless broadband purposes. These are by no means guaranteed payments, but instead are based on the assumption that the FCC will receive value from wireless operators of approximately $1.50

FCC National Broadband Plan - What It Suggests for TV Broadcasters Spectrum

Broadcast Law Blog

Facilitating the deployment of ubiquitous, dependable wireless broadband service is identified as a fundamental goal of the Commission’s proposals. The authors of the Commission’s report have viewed the problems experienced by some wireless broadband providers in major markets as indicative of a coming shortage in wireless capacity. These include the Wireless Communications Service (WCS) and Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) spectrum.

Canada's New Wireless Draft Communications Code Open For Comment

Media Law Prof Blog

Canada's Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has published a draft code for wireless communications that covers consumer contracts, including early termination fees, and is now asking Canadians for their comments on these guidelines.

FCC Approves First TV White Spaces Database Manager - Wireless Devices in TV Band to Start Operations in January

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC approved the first database manager for TV white spaces devices - those wireless communications devices that will operate in the spectrum currently used by broadcast television, operating on channels not in use in a given area and supposedly avoiding interference to the reception of over-the-air television stations. Today's Public Notice specifically addresses how wireless microphone users need to register with the FCC to be protected from interference.

FCC Requests Public Comment On Proposal To Expand Access To Mobile Wireless Services On Aircraft

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC is accepting public comments on its proposal to expand access to mobile wireless services on aircraft in flight. According to a press release dated December 12, 2013, the FCC has initiated a proceeding to consider a proposal that

Reclaiming Over-the-Air TV Spectrum for Wireless Broadband Use - What Will the Budget Super Committee Decide?

Broadcast Law Blog

The battle over the reclamation of television spectrum for wireless broadband rages on, and some in the television industry fear that the future of over-the-air television may be sacrificed to Congressional attempts to reduce the Federal deficit. With tablets and smartphone usage growing quickly, and the ever-increasing demands for wireless spectrum to deliver video, audio and other rich internet content, the Commission fears a spectrum shortage – especially in certain urban markets.

ScanSnap’s Newest Scanner Works Anywhere with Any Device

Media Law

Lightweight and battery operated, it scans wirelessly to any computer, iOS or Android device, producing high-quality scans at a fast speed. Wireless scanning is nothing new, of course, but what distinguishes the iX100 is that it doesn’t even […]. Fujitsu today is releasing its newest scanner, the ScanSnap iX100, and it is a mobile lawyer’s dream.

The Debate Continues Over Using TV Spectrum for Wireless Broadband - Incentive Auctions, International Considerations, Deficit Reduction, and Public Safety All Play a Role

Broadcast Law Blog

The debate over repurposing some of the television spectrum for wireless broadband have been raging over the normally quiet Washington summer, as issues as diverse as the budget negotiations, the tenth anniversary of 9-11 and international treaties all play their part in the discussions. The FCC has been pursuing the idea of repurposing some of the television spectrum for wireless broadband use since well before the Broadband Report was issued last year.

126 MHz Incentive Auction Clearing Target Set – Reverse Auction for TV Stations to Bid to Surrender their Spectrum to Wireless Users to Begin May 31

Broadcast Law Blog

That means, that if the Incentive Auction is completed in the initial stage with the 126 MHz spectrum clearing target, TV channels 30-36 and 38-51 will be reallocated for mobile broadband and unlicensed wireless services , leaving UHF channels 14-29 for broadcast TV stations (along with VHF channels 2-13 which are not being auctioned). Channel 37 will remain allocated for wireless medical telemetry and radioastronomy services, with unlicensed services permitted.

FCC Wants More Wireless Broadband from TV Spectrum - Congress and the White House Get In on the Action

Broadcast Law Blog

While it's summer in Washington and things should slow down, the discussion of the need for wireless spectrum for broadband, and the related question of whether to reclaim television spectrum for that use, continues unabated. The White House recently issued a Presidential Memorandum supporting the idea that the FCC free up 500 mhz of spectrum for wireless broadband purposes.

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FCC Wants More Wireless Broadband from TV Spectrum - Congress and the White House Get In on the Action

Broadcast Law Blog

While it's summer in Washington and things should slow down, the discussion of the need for wireless spectrum for broadband, and the related question of whether to reclaim television spectrum for that use, continues unabated. The White House recently issued a Presidential Memorandum supporting the idea that the FCC free up 500 mhz of spectrum for wireless broadband purposes.

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The Incentive Auction Moves Forward – FCC Decisions Further Defining Channel Sharing, and Order Setting When Wireless Users “Commence Operations” Ending LPTV Operations

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC seems to almost daily be issuing orders in the incentive auction proceeding , looking to the filing of applications in December by TV stations ready to give up their spectrum to the FCC so that it can be repackaged and resold to wireless users. The FCC decided that a wireless operator commences operations (meaning that any LPTV station or TV translator that interferes with such station must cease operations) when the wireless operator “conducts site commissioning tests.”

FCC Moving Toward the Auction of TV Spectrum for Wireless - More Class A Stations To Lose Protection and No Full Power Move-Ins to Major Markets

Broadcast Law Blog

Broadband Report Class A television Digital Television Low Power Television/Class A TV Television children's programming reports class A TV reallocation of TV spectrum for wireless broadband repacking of TV spectrumWhile the FCC has not yet started a proceeding to set rules for the auction of television spectrum for broadband purposes, the Commission is taking steps to clear the spectrum in other ways.

Protection of Children Prompts Potential FCC Regulation of Internet and Wireless Video Programming and Enhanced State Privacy Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

Remarks several weeks ago by FCC Chair Julius Genachowski suggesting that the FCC might want to look at content regulation beyond the broadcast medium, a view reiterated in an interview yesterday in TV NewsCheck , also suggest that concerns about the exposure of children to indecency and other troubling programming on cable, online and by wireless devices may lead the FCC into unprecedented extensions of its regulation of entertainment content beyond the broadcast media.

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Hollywood Docket: Lucasfilm stops Jedi Mind; UMG's lobbying tab; 'Idol' gay exploitation?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

recently sued by LucasFilms for $5 million over a wireless headset, is changing its name to Mind Technologies in order to avoid a messy court battle. [PR Jedi Mind, Inc., PR Newswire] The FCC heard testimony from several notable economists in.

James Cameron: Innovation, not litigation, is the answer to piracy

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner It wasn't quite as juicy as calling Glen Beck a "fucking asshole," but director James Cameron made some interesting comments Thursday at the 2010 CTIA wireless conference. He claimed that "Avatar" was the most pirated film in.

FCC Adopts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Looking to Reallocate Some TV Spectrum to Wireless Broadband

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC today started an examination of the future of the spectrum currently used by broadcast television, beginning the formal process of implementing the ideas raised in its Broadband Plan of repurposing some of that spectrum for use by wireless broadband technologies. In the initial presentation made about the NPRM, it was stated that the principal issues to be addressed in the NPRM were: Allowing new primary allocations in the television spectrum for fixed and mobile wireless users.

Wireless Issues Dominate August FCC Open Meeting; No Media Issues Included

Broadcast Law Blog

The agenda contains two Notices of Inquiry involving Wireless Telecommunications matters, as well as a Notice of Inquiry Notice of Inquiry about protecting American consumers by ensuring sufficient access to information about communications services. The Commission today announced the agenda for its August 27, 2009 FCC Open Meeting.

A New Book About British Women in Broadcasting From Kate Murphy @CMH_BU @BBC

Media Law Prof Blog

New from Palgrave Macmillan: Kate Murphy, Behind the Wireless: A History of Early Women at the BBC (2017). Behind the Wireless tells the story of women at the BBC in the 1920s and 30s.

Oh, Those Fees!

Media Law Prof Blog

Fees for commercial wireless services? Want to check out what the regulatory fees for cable are? Here you go. Right here. International and satellite services? Interstate telecommunications service provider fees? All fact sheets provided by the FCC

FCC Freezes TV and LPTV Applications for Channel 51 - Encourages Users to Vacate the Channel

Broadcast Law Blog

Channel 51 is immediately adjacent to the parts of the television bands that were reclaimed for wireless uses during the DTV transition. Wireless users, including CTIA and the Rural Cellular Association, have sought to restrict use of Channel 51 because of the potential for interference to the wireless users in these new wireless frequencies. The FCC today froze all applications for TV channel 51 by both applicants for full-power and low power facilities.

What Now For Philip Falcone's LightSquared?

Media Law Prof Blog

From the New York Times: now that the FCC has announced the 4G wireless network LightSquared cannot move forward, does it have a future? More here from BusinessWeek

Reconsideration of White Spaces Decision - FCC Approves Unlicensed Devices for "Super Wi-Fi" in TV Band

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC's long-awaited White Spaces decision , revisiting its authorization of the operation of unlicensed wireless devices in the television spectrum (see our summaries of the intial order here and here ), has finally been released. One minor correction including in the database that will be used by wireless devices to protect stations from interference will be included - information on a television station's antenna beam tilt.

As Broadcasters Return From NAB Convention, FCC Extends Date for Comments on Policies Leading to Repurposing TV Spectrum for Broadband

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC has granted a one week extension for reply comments in the proceeding looking to take many of the preliminary steps toward incentive auctions by which the FCC would reclaim parts of television spectrum for use by wireless broadband companies. This remains a very hot issue, with the FCC officials who attended the NAB Conference clearly pushing the agenda advanced in the Broadband Plan to reclaim some of the television spectrum for wireless uses.

FCC Starts Next Step of TV White Spaces Deployment - Issues RFP for Database Manager to Track Interference Concerns

Broadcast Law Blog

A year after the FCC issued its order adopting the " White Spaces " proposals (about which we wrote here and here ), to allow wireless devices to operate in unused portions of the television band on a non-interference basis, the FCC took its first steps toward actual implementation of that order by issuing a request for Proposals from entities wishing to be considered for the position of Database Manager.

Remember to Notify the FCC of the Completion of Construction of New Broadcast Auxiliary Station

Broadcast Law Blog

Studio Transmitter Links (STL) and Remote Pickups (RPU) have for several years been licensed through the FCC's Wireless Bureau, rather than through the Media Bureau. Unlike a grant of authority to construct a broadcast station, where the new authorization is granted in the form of a construction permit, when the Wireless Bureau grants a new authorization, it is in the form of a license.

Stage 3 of the Reverse Auction is in the Books at $40 Billion – Forward Auction to Begin on Monday

Broadcast Law Blog

If we had to go to Stage 4, the FCC would further reduce the amount of the TV band that they would try to reclaim to repurpose for wireless uses. The FCC last week announced that Stage 3 of the reverse auction portion of the FCC Incentive Auction is now complete, and the amount necessary to be paid to TV stations to vacate the required spectrum in this stage is $40,313,164,425.

Judge Allows Appeal of Ruling In Google Street View Case

Media Law Prof Blog

A district court judge has given leave to appeal his ruling in the Google Street View litigation that concerning wireless electronic communications governed by the Wiretap Act. Link to order staying original order). Judge James Ware handed down his original

Crying Wolf: Is San Francisco’s New Cell Phone Law Based on Fear or Science?

JetLawBlog

The wireless industry, which lobbied hard against the passage of the law, argues that a warning or label on cell phones will only serve to confuse consumers. San Francisco has once again waded into a controversial debate by passing novel legislation.

FCC Freezes Channel Changes By Digital TV Stations While Evaluating Reallocation of Television Spectrum for Broadband Use

Broadcast Law Blog

In another example of how seriously the FCC is considering the reallocation of portions of the TV spectrum for wireless broadband use , the Commission today issued a Public Notice freezing any new petitions for changes in the channels of television stations. Yet, as the FCC is looking at implementing its plan to recapture portions of the television spectrum for use by wireless broadband, this freeze has now been adopted.

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Could Calls on the FCC for More Spectrum Lead to the End of Over The Air TV?

Broadcast Law Blog

An article from TV NewsCheck last week reported on an approach by an FCC representative to television operators, floating an idea that the FCC would "buy" TV spectrum from existing television station operators , and repurpose that spectrum for wireless users - presumably some sort of wireless broadband. The theory of unwiring looked at the growing demands of wireless data networks for more and more bandwidth.

While Few Vie for New VHF TV Stations in NJ and Delaware, FCC Sets Comment Date on Improving VHF Digital Reception and TV Channel Sharing With Must Carry Rights As Ways to Help Clear TV Band for Broadband Users

Broadcast Law Blog

Despite his lack of interest in these VHF channels, the FCC seems to be looking at VHF as a way to facilitate its announced plans for the clearing of significant portions of the television spectrum for wireless broadband use. In opening television spectrum for wireless, the FCC has one significant problem, especially in congested areas like the Northeast.

FCC Action on TV Issues Coming Soon – Sports Blackout Rule, White Spaces, Post-Auction Treatment of LPTV and TV Translators, and OET-69 Revisions

Broadcast Law Blog

The other issue on the agenda that has received less press, and about which less is known, is changes to the rules on white-spaces devices , those wireless devices that have been authorized to operate on a non-interference basis in the portions of the TV band that are not being used in particular markets.

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Stage 4 Reverse Auction to Begin Tuesday, December 12 – 84 MHz Clearing Target

Broadcast Law Blog

Television operators looking to surrender channels to the FCC, to be repackaged and resold to wireless users for wireless broadband purposes, will be bidding in multiple rounds each workday through and including December 23, with a break during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, recommencing on January 3.

FCC Ready to Tap Returned TV Spectrum with New White Spaces Order

Broadcast Law Blog

On the tentative agenda released recently for the next open Commission meeting, to be held next Thursday, September 23rd, the Commission has included an item entitled: " TV White Spaces Second MO&O : A Second Memorandum Opinion and Order that will create opportunities for investment and innovation in advanced Wi-Fi technologies and a variety of broadband services by finalizing provisions for unlicensed wireless devices to operate in unused parts of TV spectrum."

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Gazing Into the Crystal Ball - What Washington Has In Store For Broadcasters in 2011

Broadcast Law Blog

Spectrum issues have been the dominant TV concerns in past years, first with the digital transition, and more recently with the "white spaces" rulemaking and the proposals advanced as part of the FCC's Broadband Plan to reclaim part of the TV spectrum for wireless broadband uses. Every year, about this time, I dust off the crystal ball to offer a look at the year ahead to see what Washington has in store for broadcasters.

Monday Morning JETLawg

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