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November 25, 2011
To avoid the reach of U.S. copyright laws, numerous online pirates have set up shop in countries less willing or able to enforce intellectual property rights. Policymakers agree that these "rogue" sites pose a real problem for U.S. artists and rights holders who aren't getting paid for the rampant distribution of their music, movies and other creative works. The question is how to help them. Lawmakers keep offering proposals, but they don't seem to be getting any closer to the right answer.
August 10, 1998 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS
Santa Clara, Calif.-based Covad Communications Co. today joins a growing list of companies offering faster connections to Southern California Internet users with a need for speed. The company, which launched high-speed Internet access in the Bay Area in December, is flush with money and has embarked on an aggressive expansion into Los Angeles and other regions.
September 9, 1999
In a survey of leading Internet service providers conducted by J.D. Power and Associates, MindSpring finished in the top spot for customer satisfaction. The survey rated seven leading Internet companies in various categories, ranging from customer care and technical support to cost and e-mail services. The survey also found that the average Internet subscriber spends 16 hours a week online, and 31% of those surveyed made at least one online purchase a month.
June 9, 1998 | Karen Kaplan
EarthLink Network Inc. completed its purchase of Sprint Corp.'s consumer Internet business, catapulting the company into the biggest league of Internet service providers with 680,000 customers. The $24-million deal, announced in February, gave the Westwood, Kan.-based long-distance giant a 28% interest in the Pasadena company. Sprint will market a co-branded EarthLink Sprint Internet service to its long-distance customers and in 6,000 Radio Shack outlets, where Sprint sells PCS wireless service.
January 6, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Intel Corp. unveiled plans to market its own brand of Internet access appliances that use the Linux operating system, the open-source competitor to Microsoft Corp.'s proprietary Windows. The world's biggest manufacturer of microprocessors said the devices will take many forms, including screen telephones and computer-like boxes. All of the new products will use the Intel Celeron chip that powers many low-cost computers. Santa Clara, Calif.
April 10, 2004 | From Reuters
A court ruling that could have forced cable companies to offer customers a choice of Internet service providers was suspended Friday while regulators and cable companies appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Friday that it granted petitions from the Federal Communications Commission and cable companies for a stay.
November 22, 2000
Ending with a whimper a debate that opened with a bang more than a year ago, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted to approve a policy of requiring cable companies with city franchises to allow Internet service providers to offer services over their cables. The final vote was 10-0, with one council member absent and four forced to recuse themselves because they own stocks in one of the many high-tech or communications companies affected by the issue.
After a last-ditch fund-raising effort fell apart, bankrupt NorthPoint Communications Inc. late Wednesday began shutting down its high-speed Internet network, cutting off service to tens of thousands of customers nationwide. Emeryville, Calif.-based NorthPoint and its bankers rejected an offer from a coalition of Internet service providers to fund NorthPoint's network operations until users could be shifted to other carriers. More than 100,000 U.S.
June 24, 1996 | From Reuters
Netcom On-Line Communication Services Inc.'s network-wide outage last week serves as a warning sign of the difficulties even the largest Internet service providers face in meeting soaring growth rates. The San Jose-based Internet access provider said the outage--which lasted more than 13 hours, including the "prime time" for home usage on Tuesday evening--had ended by Wednesday morning, but acknowledged it was an embarrassment that could hurt its reputation.
In a bid to accelerate the roll-out of high-speed Internet service, federal regulators Thursday permanently exempted cable Internet companies from a federal law that requires telecommunications carriers to open their networks to rivals. The industry had been gripped with uncertainty about how high-speed cable Internet service, or broadband, might be regulated by the government after the Federal Trade Commission forced AOL Time Warner Inc.
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