Posts Categorized: Security

Open Internet vs Restoring Internet Freedom: Is there a Difference?

Open Internet balance Scale

According to the FCC there is, as Open Internet is on its way out and Internet Freedom is on its way in. Congress and the FCC have been waffling over how the Internet should be classified and who should provide oversight.  Is it telecommunications with FCC oversight?  Is it commerce with FTC oversight? Is it ‘information service’, and just what does that mean? A few weeks ago, Congress decided that there should be no customer privacy… Read more »

Restoring Regulations for Internet Privacy in Maine

Rob Souza Internet Privacy in Maine

That is what Maine Senator Shenna Bellows is proposing to do with LD 1610.  The bipartisan legislation will essentially redo what the FCC has recently undone and establish rules for Internet privacy in Maine. Last November we shared information about the FCC taking steps to ensure consumer privacy on the Internet.   Last month we told you about the FCC repealing those rules before they were enacted. Now along with several other states, several members of… Read more »

Phishing Scams Can Happen to Anyone of Us – IF We Let Them!

If you follow LinkedIn, or use Google Mail, (that’s probably about 90% of us) you’ve probably heard about this latest phishing scam.  It made its way to my OTELCO inbox yesterday. I received an invitation to view a document in Google Docs from a person I know at the Bangor Daily News.  In my position, Marketing and Public Relations, a relationship with the paper is part of the job.  With the Maine legislature in session… Read more »

FCC Rule Changes Repealed Before They Were Enacted

FCC Rule change

Back in November we talked about the FCC rule changes regarding Internet privacy and we explained the Telecommunications Act. We concentrated on how the act protects the privacy of telephone customers’ network proprietary information (CPNI).  Providers like OTELCO were minimally effected by the FCC rule changes because they strongly reflected the existing Telecommunication Act rules.  The ISPs who are not bound by telephone privacy requirements were the most effected by the change. FCC?  FTC? –… Read more »

Internet Consumer Privacy:
Beyond the Dome, You’re the Product

The FCC has been busy; essentially creating an Internet Consumer Privacy Dome: It classified the Internet as telecommunications, giving itself oversight and rulemaking ability for the Internet It mandated an open Internet, to ensure equal and fair access to content regardless of the provider It enacted consumer privacy and security rules for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that reflect those of telecommunication carriers. A Bit of Irony No matter what ISPs do to provide Internet security… Read more »