Digital Daily Dozen: 10/29/15

FCC’s Wheeler Gets Earful on LTE-U  (Broadcasting & Cable)

Cable chief technology officers, joined by execs from Google and Microsoft, met with FCC chair Tom Wheeler to argue that before LTE-U technologies are employed in unlicensed spectrum bands, also used by cable Wi-Fi hot spots, there must be rigorous standards to insure the technology does not impair Wi-Fi.     

LTE-U: A quick explainer (Network World) 

LTE-U is a wireless network technology that’s promising a lot, as well as ruffling a few feathers (especially in the Wi-Fi world). It’s a system of wireless communication designed to use unlicensed spectrum – which is open to everybody, within certain limits – to ease the burden on big mobile carriers’ networks.   

Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions for Digital Age (NY Times) 

Harvard and a private company are creating a searchable database of American case law to be on the Internet for free, allowing instant retrieval of vital records that had been available, for a price.   

More U.S. homes are streaming video, but live TV still dominates (USA Today) 

More than half the homes in ten of the largest U.S. cities have streaming video subscriptions, but live TV continues to grab and hold eyeballs the most, according to a new report out today from Nielsen. The average time spent watching live television in nine major markets — Atlanta, Detroit and others — surpassed four hours daily. 

Google X’s Project Loon to parachute into Indonesia (USA Today) 

Google X’s Project Loon says it’s teaming up with Indonesia’s 3 largest wireless carriers to test its high-altitude, wind-propelled balloons with the goal of blanketing Internet coverage across large swaths of the nation. Project Loon is targeting the world’s fourth most populous country because two-thirds of its citizens don’t have net access.  

Apple TV Brings iPhone-Like Apps To TVs  (TV News Check)

The new Apple TV features an iPhone-like app store that lets you choose your own streaming services. And it’s no longer pushy about steering you to iTunes and other Apple services. You can easily customize the home screen with your favorites.   

These Judges Will Decide the Fate of the Internet in December (Inside Sources) 

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals this week named the three judge panel that will decide the legality of the FCC’s net neutrality rules in December. Circuit Judge Sri Srinivasan, a 2013 Obama appointee, Senior Circuit Judge Stephen Williams, a 1986 Reagan appointee and Circuit Judge David Tatel, a 1994 Clinton appointee, will hear it.  


The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation believes Title II classification is a poor long-term solution to preserving the open Internet, not the unalloyed win some proponents claim. This report argues that both political parties and the various camps involved in the net neutrality and digital divide debates.   


A decision on whether to start tacking Universal Service fees onto Internet customers’ bills has been delayed amid ongoing litigation over new neutrality rules, according to FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. She said a decision from the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service will not come until there is more certainty.    


Surveillance, attacks on digital speech, outright censorship and imprisonment are making the Internet less and less free, an annual Freedom House study has concluded. The organization’s latest Internet freedom report marks the fifth year in a row that digital civil liberties around the world have been curtailed.   

Apple Hit With Class-Action Over Wi-Fi Assist (Media Post) 

Two iPhone users say in a new lawsuit that Apple’s iOS9 default settings result in unexpectedly high data usage. Florida residents allege that they didn’t realize iOS9’s new “Wi-Fi Assist” setting, which is enabled by default, would automatically switch people from Wi-Fi networks to cell networks when Wi-Fi wasn’t available.   

How Can Spotify Shrink and Grow the Music Business at the Same Time? (Recode) 

Is Spotify shrinking the music business, by giving people a good reason not to buy music anymore? Or is Spotify helping the music business, by giving people a good reason not to steal music anymore? Yes!  That’s the conclusion from a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research this month.   

Cindy Gallop Says Cancellation of SXSW Anti-Harassment Panels Shows Industry’s Gender Imbalance (Ad Week) 

Cindy Gallop—founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld and former chief of BBH New York—called on ad agencies and brands to boycott South by Southwest Interactive this year following the organization’s decision to pull two anti-harassment panels from the 2016 lineup.