Digital Daily Dozen 01/09/2014

FCC’s Wheeler Promotes Auction To B’casters

In his appearance at the CES yesterday, new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said: “I think there has never been a more risk-free opportunity for an incumbent service provider to morph into the new digital reality than what the spectrum incentive auction offers. I hope broadcasters begin to see that.”

Graphics reveal the shape of mobile commerce in 2013
Kenya led the world with a near doubling in mobile content and commerce activity in 2013 from the year prior, followed closely by South Africa, the U.K., Nigeria and the U.S., according to an MEF global survey. It also found growing consumer comfort with m-commerce, as 39% of mobile users made a high-value purchase.

Consumers Believe Mobile Will Replace TV By 2022, Most Prefer Content Live

More than half of consumers believe mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets will replace television sets in the next eight years as the preferred way to watch TV and movies — and 31% believe that change will actually occur sooner, in the next one to five years — according to a study released by Irdeto.

Internet of Ca-chings

The Internet of Everything could generate $4.6 trillion in value for public sector organizations over the next decade by helping them save money, improve employee productivity, generate new revenue without increasing taxes, and enhancing citizen benefits. So says a new Cisco study released at CES.

3 reasons AT&T’s sponsored data plan isn’t the end of the world

AT&T rattled some cages this week when it announced a plan to let companies sponsor network access to reach specific websites or streaming content. The idea is that such deals would allow companies to serve up high-bandwidth content without their customers worrying that they’ll blow out their data plan limits.

The NSA blame game: Singling out RSA diverts attention from others

RSA may have earned much of the criticism being heaped upon it for allegedly enabling a backdoor in one of its encryption technologies under a contract with the NSA. But singling out the company for reproach deflects attention from the role that other technology vendors may have had in enabling the NSA’s data collection.

One of the most common criticisms of the Communications Act is the so-called “siloed,” sector-based nature of the law and resulting regulation. By dividing the overall regulatory scheme into separate titles based on specific network technologies and services, the law does not contemplate the convergence of technologies.

A merger deal that results in the US mobile market having only three national operators rather than four might be approved, but only if the parties involved divest some of their spectrum holdings, predicted Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam.

The best structure for the upcoming 600 MHz voluntary broadcast spectrum auction would use a two-step process that would focus first on metro areas, followed by a rural auction, argues a new paper penned by NERA Economic Consulting. The paper was commissioned by NTCA- The Rural Broadband Association.

German Court: ISP Subscribers Not Liable For Pirating Family Members

Germany’s Supreme Court has handed down a landmark ruling on the liability of Internet subscribers in copyright disputes. Overturning an earlier decision by a lower court the Federal Court of Justice said that an account holder could not be held liable for piracy carried out by an adult family member.

Time Warner Cable Loses 215,000 TV Customers
Time Warner Cable lost 215,000 video subscribers in the fourth quarter amid competition with phone carriers and the challenge of convincing younger consumers to pay for TV. The defections brought Time Warner Cable’s customer losses for the year to about 825,000.

Study: Radio Still Popular as Streaming Grows
Traditional AM/FM radio is still the most popular way for people to listen to music, news and talk, even as digital music offers more control and becomes easier to use on the go, according to a study by media agency MediaVest and Clear Channel, the U.S. radio giant.,0,4603636.story

Google Fined $204,000 in France Over Privacy
The French digital privacy watchdog has fined Google $204,000 for breaking rules on ensuring data privacy. The CNIL agency said that the Internet giant’s new privacy policy isn’t specific enough about how and why it collects data from users, among other problems.

The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.