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FCC Avoids Shutdown For Now, But Continued Threat Looms Over TMT Sector

The federal government is open.  But less than three weeks remain under the current reprieve and another shutdown seems possible.  Although the Federal Communications Commission tapped on-hand fees to support uninterrupted operations earlier this week, the FCC will start to run out of time – and money – if the stalemate over the budget continues and another shutdown occurs. How would a protracted shutdown affect the technology, media and telecom industries and the billions of dollars of investment that depend on regulatory action by the FCC?  How soon before Samsung

Posted in Internet Photo of David Taylor

Bye Bye Internet – a brief look at the historic transition that just happened this weekend

Midnight 1 October 2016 was a historic moment in the history of the Internet with ICANN, a non-profit organization, finally taking control of the global domain name system (DNS). The U.S. government’s contract to perform the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions (the IANA contract) has expired. Whilst the U.S. certainly invented the underlying technology (with British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee having created the World Wide Web allowing the sharing of information on the Internet), this transition is an important step in establishing that the Internet is a decentralised network