Report: US considers phone companies ‘arm of government’

(RawStory) – The US government doesn’t have to reveal information about phone companies that may have spied illegally on Americans because those phone companies are an “arm of the government,” the US Justice Department argued in a recent court case. Continue reading

Net neutrality in Europe to be decided at dinner tonight

European telecommunications ministers could decide tonight whether to endorse a net neutrality clause in the long-awaited Telecoms Package. Continue reading

“Emergency Control” of the Internet

You have to hand it to congressional Democrats. Mendacious grifters whose national security agenda is virtually indistinguishable from Bushist Republicans, when it comes to rearranging proverbial deck chairs on the Titanic, the party of “change” is second to none in the “all terrorism all the time” department. Continue reading

Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

(CNET) – Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet. Continue reading

US job cuts, foreclosures mount

This week brought new indications that any economic “recovery” in the US will not be shared by the working class. Telecommunications giant Verizon announced that it would eliminate 8,000 jobs by the end of the year, new data showed that the foreclosure crisis is continuing to mount, and weekly initial jobless benefit claims rose. Continue reading

Video: Iran Tehran launched its first satellite into orbit – BBC

Iran says the satellite, carried on a Safir-2 rocket, is meant for research and telecommunications purposes and insists its intentions are peaceful.

But the US, UK and France have voiced concerns that the technology used could lead to ballistic missile development. Continue reading

MSM: Nortel files for bankruptcy protection, shares plunge

TORONTO (Reuters) – Nortel Networks Corp, North America’s biggest telephone equipment maker, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, hoping to save a once high-flying business whose decade-long decline has accelerated with the global economic crisis. Continue reading