Digital Daily Dozen: 10/20/16

T-Mobile will pay a $48 million fine for throttling ‘unlimited data’ plans

The FCC caught T-Mobile slowing down connections for heavy data customers, and now, it’s making the company pay for it. T-Mobile agreed to pay $48 million to resolve an investigation into the company’s unlimited data plan. T-Mobile revealed in 2015 that it was slowing down data for customers in the top 3 percent of data usage.



Facebook wants you to buy movie tickets and order pizza from its app

From deciding where to eat, to booking your next hair appointment, to buying movie tickets at the local theatre, Facebook wants to eventually control, or be involved with, every decision you make when it comes to local commerce. You probably use a bunch of different services for those things now, services like Yelp or Foursquare.



FCC’s Forward Auction Closes After Only One Round 

According to the FCC, the second stage of the forward portion of the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction—which only launched Wednesday—went only one two-hour round, is now closed and the FCC will have to move to yet another round of reverse auction broadcasters bidding at a lower clearing target.



TiVo: Millennials Are Major Video Consumers, But Extremely Impatient 

Millennials watch more content than any other generation—more than six hours a day—and nearly 75% have at least one streaming video device in the home, and more than 90% pay for at least one streaming service, according to survey data released by TiVo.



Comcast Sued Over Broadcast TV Fees Line Item 

A class action suit has been filed against Comcast over its break-out of retrans fees on customer bills. Cable operators have increasingly been including a broadcast TV line item on bills so customers can see how much MVPDs are paying in retransmission consent fees for those signals.



Airbnb and New York City go head to head 

Airbnb attempted to head off regulatory efforts against it in New York City with a new rule that limits most hosts to listing one apartment for rent beginning November 1. The new rules would also prohibit short-term rentals in public housing. In rent controlled units, tenants would only be able to rent up to the level of their rents.



Amazon could be a lot bigger than we think

Amazon’s data-savvy e-commerce model has already upturned the retail market. But it may have a far bigger reach in retail than commonly understood — signaling more threats to mass market retailers. Amazon’s yearly sales account for about 15% of total U.S. consumer online sales, according to the company’s statements.



Trove of Stolen Data Is Said to Include Top-Secret U.S. Hacking Tools

Investigators pursuing what they believe to be the largest case of mishandling classified documents in United States history have found that the huge trove of stolen documents in the possession of a National Security Agency contractor included top-secret N.S.A. hacking tools that two months ago were offered for sale on the internet.



Creating One Unique Measurement for All TV Viewing Remains Elusive 

Common consensus was it all about the right placement of ads in which an age/gender network daypart grid has been replaced with dealing with hundreds of audience targets. But not everyone at the session was convinced that linear and digital television belongs together.




If you are a consumer who feels like you’re being taken advantage of, where do you turn for help? The FCC is the nation’s expert agency on communications technology and has a mandate to protect consumers who rely on our nation’s networks.




The growth and competition in ultra-high speed broadband services in your area may mean more money in your pocket — and better services across the board. Having access to gigabit fiber-to-the-home connections can increase your home’s valuation by up to 3.1%.




The telecom industry has found a new battleground: slower, narrowband systems. Vodafone is building a wireless network that’s cheap and robust enough to link items like garbage cans or garden soil sensors to the internet, so refuse companies will know when to send the truck and the roses get just the right amount of water.



‘Simultaneous viewing’ may be taking toll on TV ratings, report suggests 

Nielsen and NFL executives wondering what the deal is with the continuing double-digit drops in primetime viewership of its games on broadcast TV, take heed. A new report finds that Americans are increasingly distracted by their second-screen viewing devices — think mobile phones and tablets — while watching television.