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By Emily Hootkins New Law Improves Access to Technology for Disabled Bloomberg Businessweek and The Associated Press report that President Obama has signed into a law a bill requiring the telecommunications industry to enhance the accessibility of devices and programming for Americans with vision and hearing loss.  The bill could improve the quality of life for an estimated 61 million disabled people.  Among other requirements, the law sets new federal guidelines regarding accessible user interfaces on smart phones, telephone compatibility with hearing aids, ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 10 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Lawyer Violates Telephone Consumer Protection Act with Outsourced Newsletters By Ian B. Brooks – Edited by Jad Mills Holtzman v. Turza, No. 08-C-2014 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 3, 2010) Opinion hosted by Google The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled that a lawyer makes unsolicited advertisements under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) when his primary purpose for hiring a company to distribute his materials via facsimile was to advertise his services.  Granting the plaintiff’s summary ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 31 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Chinh Vo Republican Senators Draft Bill in Opposition to FCC’s Net Neutrality Regulations Plans CNET reports that a group of Republican senators, led by Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, is sponsoring a new bill designed to thwart the FCC’s plans to regulate broadband providers. The bill, dubbed the Freedom for Consumer Choice Act, would allow the FCC to impose requirements on the broadband industry only if marketplace competition is inadequate, giving the agency authority similar to the Department ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 27 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Sharona Hakimi The White House Endorses FCC Plan and Calls for More Broadband Spectrum Reuters and CNet report that on June 28, President Obama signed a Presidential Memo endorsing the FCC’s goal to free up 500 megahertz of wireless broadband over the next ten years. The memo estimates that the flow of wireless data used in the next five years will increase to as much as 45 times the total bandwidth used in 2009. The memo calls on government ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 1 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Ian B. Brooks Illinois Establishes Standard for Identifying Anonymous Internet Commenters Evan Brown at Internet Cases reports that the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District has set forth a standard for identifying an anonymous internet commenter in Maxon v. Ottawa Publishing Co., No. 3-08-0805 (Ill. App. 3d June 1, 2010). A couple from Illinois, unhappy with anonymous comments on a local newspaper website, sought to identify the commenters. Illinois Rules on Civil Proceedings Rule 224 allows a petitioner to ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 23 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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