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Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 08/23/2011

The Circuit: Sprint pans AT&T model, FCC strikes ‘fairness doctrine,’ ruling helps Web music lockers

LEADING THE DAY: A new filing from Sprint calls AT&T’s new economic model “fatally flawed” and says it fails to show that a merger between AT&T and T-Mobile would be good for the wireless industry.

The filing rehashes Sprint’s complaint over the lateness of AT&T’s filings about a new economic model and said that the company’s explanation of the model “raises more questions than it answers.” The documents asks specifically about engineering practices.

“AT&T’s Model is beyond repair,” the filing reads, before going on to raise Sprint’s previous arguments that the merger “provides no verifiable evidence” and would raise prices, stifle innovation and create a duopoly.

FCC takes “Fairness Doctrine” off its books: The Federal Communications Commission officially removed the “fairness doctrine” from its books Monday, The Washington Post reported. The rule, which had not been used since the late 1980s, was removed in a push to get outdated language off the FCC’s books. The rule’s continued presence was of concern to media groups, who worried they would have to give equal time to opposing views on their programs.

Court ruling helps Google/Amazon with online music: A federal court ruling in New York could pave the way for Google and Amazon, should they face lawsuits over their decisions not to obtaining licenses from record companies before launching their online music lockers.

Ars Technica reported that a judge ruled that MP3tunes, an online music locker, is eligible for a safe harbor in the digital copyright law that protects a company from copyright liability over illegal music uploaded to its service as long as it removes that material when notified.

Schumer calls for shutting off stolen phones: Rep. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called for wireless providers to shut off service to stolen cellphones, to prevent thieves from using them.

But CTIA — the Wireless Association, urged Congress not to take up Schumer’s call, saying that imposing “unnecessary regulations” on the industry could have unintended consequences.

HHS Disaster Preparedness apps: With hurricane season gearing up, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that it will sponsor a contest for app developers who want to make programs that will help users prepare for disasters.

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency will also be making an appearance on Facebook’s DC Live show Wednesday to talk about how to use social media for disaster preparedness as well as during and after a disaster.

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Tags:  HHS, Facebook, CTIA, Security, IP, Amazon, Google, FCC, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile

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