Congress renews assault on Internet

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” abolitionist Wendell Phillips warned in 1852. Nothing’s changed. Congress was forced to shelve two similar bills that nearly made it into law, the Stop Online Piracy Act, commonly called SOPA, in the House of Representatives; and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA, in the Senate. The bills […]

People heat up Congress on Internet bills

“When I feel the heat, I see the light,” Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois fam`ously said. He died in 1969, just weeks before the first data packets were sent on ARPANET, the Pentagon-funded academic and research digital network that was a forerunner of the Internet. The senator’s remark certainly applied to events this month in […]

Internet gas campaign flawed

It’s now Feb. 1, which means we’re two weeks away from Valentine’s Day, and three months from a routine I find even more useless and frustrating. If fuel prices start climbing again — bank on it, with people using more fuel for spring breaks and planning summer trips — get ready to see “Gas Out […]

Proposed bills pose danger to free speech

Freedom New Mexico If you went to the English-language version of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia on Wednesday, you would have seen only a message warning about attempts in Congress to censor the Internet. Reddit (a social news site), Boing Boing (a popular group blog) and other websites joined the one-day “blackout.” The protest is […]

Internet mishaps can’t be deleted

I went to a store recently to pick up a new CD. It wasn’t on the shelves, and I almost whined about the store’s failure on Twitter, along with my intent to stop shopping there for music … and a maximum amount of cursing. Fortunately, before I could grab my phone, I saw a cart […]

Congress has bigger worries than Internet

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes you wonder if Congress lives in the real world. With such Internet companies as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft driving what little economic recovery we’re enjoying, Congress could short-circuit the whole Internet — literally. The major legislation at issue is HR3261, commonly called SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. It […]

Four accused of child solicitation

CNJ staff Four men are accused of soliciting children for sex on the Internet by the Curry County Sheriff’s Internet Predator Unit. They were arrested in an sting Oct 6 through Oct. 10. The four were identified as Richard Moore Schaublin, 40, of New River, Ariz.; Jacob Mendoza, 23, of Muleshoe; Thomas Orrin Skyler Morgan, […]

Internet should remain free of sales tax

Freedom New Mexico For years we’ve fought putting new taxes on Internet activities. But like a bad computer virus, that idea keeps coming back. The latest manifestation is what’s called the “Amazon tax.” But it also would hit many more companies than online retailer Amazon.com, including hundreds of thousands of small businesses that sell online. […]

Our people: Web guru

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Clovis resident Linda Wilhite is an Internet marketer. What that means is she represents a variety of businesses and products online. Wilhite was chosen as the Clovis High Plains Rotary Rotarian of the Year. Wilhite said she enjoys Rotary because of the relationships she has created. Her Internet skills quickly became useful to the club […]

Internet better off without FCC proposal

Freedom New Mexico Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has announced that the commission will take up a new strategy for regulating the Internet at its Dec. 21 meeting. Proposed in the spirit of what has popularly become known as net neutrality, the new rules would forbid Internet service providers from blocking any […]

Businesses put sales online

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Internet business is a good thing as far as two Portales entrepreneurs are concerned. The Main Place owner Suzi Webb opened her storefront business on the Portales downtown square last year, but started her Internet business a decade ago when they were on Ebay. Amazon.com contacted Webb in 2003 about joining the website. Webb said […]

Internet big part of my lifestyle

When I first dipped my toes into the Internet nearly two decades ago I figured it was likely just a fad. I think my first clue that it had become more than a fad was when my mother expressed an interest in getting online. These days there are a few holdouts who don’t use the […]

Internet should remain free of censorship

Freedom New Mexico Google and China continue to spar over Internet freedom in the Communist nation. Google is trying to stay as clear of government censorship as possible; China wants to control information flow with a heavy hand. The two could be reaching a pivotal moment, and the outcome could have lasting implications for the […]

Public has right to information

By Gabriela Schneider: Guest columnist Every day, the federal government releases vast amounts of useful information about every aspect of our nation and how government works. This public information has a deep impact on almost every aspect of American life. Some of it can be used to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions, […]

Federal grant to expand Internet access

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer ENMR-Plateau Telecommunications received a federal grant Wednesday of more than $11 million to expand high-speed Internet access in eastern and central New Mexico. According to a news release from the state Department of Information Technology, the company plans to use the American Recovery and Reinvestment money to enhance existing […]

FCC should release hold on broadband

Freedom New Mexico The White House and Justice Department have urged the Federal Communications Commission to provide more of the electromagnetic spectrum for wireless high-speed Internet services, suggesting that facilitating more of such services would improve competition in the field. Releasing more of the spectrum to wireless providers is among the least-intrusive ways to allow […]

McDonalds to offer free Wi-Fi

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Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Restaurants offering free Internet have been popping in recent years, but in 2010 they will be as common as french fries and golden arches. Beginning Jan. 1, all McDonald’s locations will offer free Internet access for customers. Internet service isn’t new at restaurants and coffee shops in eastern New Mexico. […]

China proves federal Internet regulations fail

Freedom New Mexico Why is it important to condemn government regulation of the Internet? You don’t have to look much further for an answer than China’s latest battle to preside over the “World of Warcraft” computer game. In a power struggle of galactic proportions, two bureaucratic Chinese government agencies are squabbling as to which is […]

Veterans Affairs secretary announces new gravesite locator

American Forces Press Service The secretary of Veterans Affairs announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs has made the gravesites of more than 6.7 million veterans easier to locate using handheld devices with Internet capability, such as “smart phones.” “This innovative program continues VA’s commitment to use the latest technology to provide veterans and their […]

FTC attempt to control Web unlikely

Freedom New Mexico In a major blow to freedom on the Internet, the Federal Trade Commission voted 4-0 to establish new rules in an attempt to regulate freedom of speech on the Web for bloggers and social media users. If you blog, tweet, or occasionally prognosticate on Facebook, you soon might have federal agents at […]