Digital Daily Dozen 02/13/2014

Comcast to Acquire Time Warner Cable in TV Megadeal

Comcast Corp. agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $44 billion, combining the largest two U.S. cable companies in an all-stock deal, according to four people familiar with matter. Comcast is paying about $159 a share in the transaction, which will be announced this morning.

http://adage.com/article/media/comcast-acquire-time-warner-cable-tv-megadeal/291686/

SAY GOODBYE TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST [Commentary]

Let’s get to the bottom line. There’s no way the combination of Comcast and Time Warner Cable can conceivably be in the public interest. The deal is a blunt challenge to the FCC and its new chair, Tom Wheeler; the question is whether the FCC will fold against the economic and political power of these two behemoths.

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-comcast-20140212,0,4158731.story#axzz2tDVGD7xi

Comcast: Time Warner Cable Deal ‘Pro-Consumer’
Comcast has reached an agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable in an all-stock transaction worth $158.82 a share. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said he is confident that the deal will be approved. "We’re going to be able to bring better products in a platform that’s really special."

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101413235

FCC Makes Estimated $50 to $100 Million Available to Competitors Deploying Broadband in Rural Areas

Competitive providers deploying broadband networks in rural areas will now be eligible to obtain direct subsidy support from the FCC through an experimental program under the Connect America Fund. The so-called “rural broadband experiment” is designed to test the feasibility of directing subsidies to competitors.

http://www.broadbandlawadvisor.com/2014/02/articles/broadband-deployment/fcc-makes-estimated-50-to-100-million-available-to-competitors-deploying-broadband-in-rural-areas-for-the-first-time/

Here’s how Europe thinks the internet should be run

Global debates about internet governance are set to heat up in the coming years, so the European Union has set out its standpoint, with true globalization and human rights being non-negotiable principles.

http://gigaom.com/2014/02/12/heres-how-europe-thinks-the-internet-should-be-run/

Obama’s big plan to protect businesses from cyberattack

It’s been a long time coming, and some experts say it isn’t enough. But the White House has now put the finishing touches on a set of security guidelines meant to help businesses defend themselves from hackers and cyberattacks.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/02/12/obamas-big-plan-to-protect-businesses-from-cyberattack/

PRIVACY GROUPS: OBAMA’S CYBER FRAMEWORK FALLS SHORT
Privacy advocates are saying the Obama Administration’s cybersecurity framework falls short of the privacy protections found in earlier versions. While this version largely reflects an agency draft from October, the final document does not include the October draft’s lengthy appendix on privacy and civil liberties issues.

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/198254-privacy-groups-obamas-cyber-framework-falls-short

FOR ONLINE EQUITY WE NEED NET NEUTRALITY [Commentary]

Women could talk about the benefits of Net Neutrality in so many ways, from our ability to get to our favorite YouTube playlists or follow feminist fights over Beyoncé. But it’s also about fighting the way women have been marginalized in the worlds of art, business and politics.

http://www.freepress.net/blog/2014/02/12/online-equity-we-need-net-neutrality

Moonves Predicts Soaring CBS Retrans Rev

In an upbeat call with analysts after announcing record revenues and profits, the CBS CEO talks about new content agreements, Aereo, the big NFL deal and launching The Big Bang Theory on another night this fall.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/leslie-moonves-predicts-soaring-cbs-679918

Olympics Preview A Cross-Platform Future

More than 100 million Americans have watched at least some of the Sochi Winter Games on the networks of NBCUniversal, according to Nielsen. NBC executives said Wednesday the ratings for the 2014 Sochi Olympics — the most viewed Winter Olympics ever — have been "beyond expectations."

http://blogs.denverpost.com/ostrow/2014/02/12/nbc-olympics-cross-platform-glimpse-media-future/17900/

Amazon Prime Price Hike May Cause Users to Flee
Amazon customers are big fans of the Amazon Prime service, which provides free shipping and a video streaming service for a $79 yearly fee. Amazon is now proposing a price increase. However, according to one survey, "at $119, 40% say they will definitely not renew."

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/02/12/people-love-amazon-prime-but-will-they-pay-more-for-it/

Netflix Binge-Viewing Seen as Bad for Business
Mitch Lowe, co-founder of Netflix and former president of Redbox, sees "binge-viewing" as bad for business. Lowe said the ability of viewers to consume an entire season of a TV show in two or three nights eliminates the spectacle of cliffhangers and enticing new viewers.

http://www.homemediamagazine.com/netflix/mitch-lowe-netflix-binge-viewing-bad-business-32539

Police departments have their eye on Google Glass

Police departments throughout the U.S. are considering whether to equip their officers with Google Glass. New York City Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton confirmed the department is already using the smart glasses during a press conference last week.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/02/12/us-police-consider-google-glass/5341597/

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.