Digital Daily Dozen 04/25/2014

Wheeler: Net Neutrality Rules By Year’s End

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler said that he plans to have new net neutrality rules on the books by the end of the year. In a blog posting he responded to a flood of criticism over reports that a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on new network neutrality rules would allow for paid priority broadband service to consumers.

FCC’s Proposed Net Neutrality Rules Sparks Furor

A battle has erupted over the Federal Communication Commission chairman’s new proposal for net neutrality rules that would allow content providers to pay for Internet express lanes. Critics asserted that fast lanes are a form of discrimination that could leave some at a disadvantage.

YouTube Content Faces Regulation in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia plans tighter regulation of local video content for YouTube after an explosion of news, satire and comedy has made the country a leading global consumer of Google’s video platform. Viewers in Saudi Arabia watch three times as much YouTube as their U.S. peers.

Turner Looks to Bring Real-Time Marketing to TV

After more than a year of hype about real-time marketing using social media, TV networks have decided they want in. To that end, Turner Broadcasting is trying to make it easier to run real-time messaging on TV, traditionally a slower medium that requires lengthy planning and lead time to get a commercial on air.

Google mulling Wi-Fi for cities with Google Fiber

Google is considering deploying Wi-Fi networks in towns and cities covered by its Google Fiber high-speed Internet service. The disclosure is made in a document Google is circulating to 34 cities that are the next candidates to receive Google Fiber in 2015.

The Future of the Music Industry: Selling Audiences to Advertisers

Uncertainty rocking both the broadcast radio and record industries has opened an enormous opportunity for recording artists and record labels. Growth for the music industry will come from expanding the overall online radio audience and ad pie at the expense of broadcast radio.

Rivalries Emerge, Submerge In Media Measurement: Within Industry And The Household

Ubiquitous digital media technologies are having a profound impact on the way people are consuming video programming across screens — and equally significantly — across all aspects of their lives — according to the preliminary findings of an important ethnographic study.

Netflix to become real TV and get its own ‘cable channel’ next week

Netflix has reached an agreement with three cable companies that, for the first time, will let U.S. subscribers watch the streaming video service as though it were an ordinary cable channel. The deal will add Netflix as an app to certain set-top boxes nationwide on RCN, Grande Communications and Atlantic Broadband.

Feds Beg Supreme Court to Let Them Search Phones Without a Warrant

American law enforcement has long advocated for universal “kill switches” in cellphones to cut down on mobile device thefts. Now the Department of Justice argues that the same remote locking and data-wiping technology represents a threat to police investigations–one that means they should be free to search phones.

Commissioner: FCC picking ‘winners and losers’ for spectrum

The FCC is meddling in the market by restricting the ability of some companies to participate in an upcoming spectrum auction, according to one commissioner. Ajit Pai (R) criticized FCC Chair Tom Wheeler for moving forward with a plan that could limit the amount of airwaves that major carriers like AT&T and Verizon can buy.


Verizon Wireless is "enhancing" its Relevant Mobile Advertising program, which it uses to collect data on customers’ online habits so that marketers can pitch stuff at them with greater precision. "In addition to the customer information that’s currently part of the program, we will soon use an anonymous, unique identifier.”,0,2539606.column#axzz2zofM0vLm


Russia’s parliament approved measures to tighten control over bloggers, drawing accusations that lawmakers are stifling a final bastion of free speech in the country. The Russian lower house passed a bill that requires all blogs with more than 3,000 daily visitors to register with Roskomnadzor, the state’s agency for media oversight

Comcast, Netflix in War of Words Over Internet Traffic

The war of words between Comcast and Netflix has continued, and it’s getting personal. The companies, which have a partnership but also a very public ongoing feud, have taken to their respective blogs to argue over traffic, paid peering connections and the future of the Internet.

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.