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Verizon: Put the brakes on broadband monitoring
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 05:02:29 -0400



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From: dewayne () warpspeed com (Dewayne Hendricks)
Date: September 25, 2008 3:22:54 PM EDT
To: Dewayne-Net Technology List <xyzzy () warpspeed com>
Subject: [Dewayne-Net] Verizon: Put the brakes on broadband monitoring

Verizon: Put the brakes on broadband monitoring
CNET.com
Posted by Declan McCullagh

Start-up NebuAd had hoped to build a business on monitoring broadband customers' Web browsing and delivering relevant ads. Then its partners began dropping out, its chief executive resigned, and earlier this month the company suspended its business plan.

Never let it be said that politicians are quick on the uptake. The Senate Commerce Committee nevertheless is holding a hearing on Thursday morning to investigate the NebuAd-ish privacy practices of broadband providers. (Who, remember, aren't using NebuAd.)

One noteworthy development is that Verizon -- which, we should point out, has never been a NebuAd partner -- is going to suggest a plan that amounts to a self-regulatory mechanism and no new federal laws.

<http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10050739-38.html?tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0 >
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