Digital Daily Dozen: 11/11/15


The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the United States International Trade Commission does not have the authority to regulate information on the Internet, blocking what many advocates saw as a major threat to the open web.    

T-MOBILE AND NET NEUTRALITY  (The Verge- Commentary)

The only reason Binge On and Music Freedom sound like such a great pro-consumer deal is because the top four mobile ISPs — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — have manufactured a market based completely on artificial scarcity. For years ISPs have clamored about a mobile data crunch that never materialized to justify data caps.   


Regulators should be cautious about betting on a true new entrant but rather look to strategies that enable asymmetric, adjacent market entry. Unbundling can work to reduce prices but it discourages broad network upgrades. I think unbundling can be appropriate when the government finances the facility.   

NY Orders Fantasy Sports Sites to Stop Taking Bets (Broadcasting & Cable)   

DraftKings and FanDuel, the big players in the growing daily fantasy sports business, were ordered to stop accepting bets in New York by the state’s attorney general. The attorney general said fantasy sports was illegal gambling under state law. The two companies have become major advertisers.   

Facebook to Appeal a Belgian Court’s Ruling on Data Privacy (NY Times)

The social media giant was told by a court in Brussels that it must stop collecting online data about people in Belgium who are not its users.    

T-Mobile Exempts Netflix, HBO Go And Other Video Services From Data Caps (Media Post)

T-Mobile will allow subscribers to stream unlimited video from Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu and 20 other video providers. T-Mobile says its new “BingeOn” program, which launches on Sunday, is open to any streaming video providers that meet technical requirements, and is free.   

Adrick Floats Regional Repack Transition Plan (Broadcasting & Cable)  

RF expert Jay Adrick, one of the authors of the NAB-financed study that says that the incentive auction repack could take as much as 10 years, says that if the the repack is conducted on a region-by-region basis, wireless buyers could get access to their spectrum in a highly populated region in less than three years.   

Suspect arrested over social media threats at U. of Missouri (USA Today)

Campus police have arrested a suspect who allegedly posted racial threats to the University of Missouri campus on social media, the university said Wednesday. The suspect is in police custody and was not located at or near the campus at the time of the threat, the university said on its website.     

How the Google Gods Brought Content Marketing to Every Business  (Media Shift- Commentary)  

The reason content marketing is on the upswing comes down to a single cold reality: The Google gods demand it. Two years ago I documented the trend of journalists getting scooped up by companies to do storytelling on behalf of brands, aka content marketing.    

Microsoft sets up data centers in Germany amid US surveillance concerns (Network World)

Microsoft is delivering its cloud services, including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from two new datacenter regions in Germany, in a move that aims to deflect customer concerns about access to their data by U.S. surveillance.   

Activision’s Studio Test: Can Video Games Make Movie Franchises? (Hollywood Reporter)

The gaming giant will try its hand at converting gamers into moviegoers when the film adaptation of the best-selling ‘Call of Duty’ series hits theaters as early as 2018.  

Sprint Agrees to Pay FTC $2.95 Million to Settle Risk-Based Pricing Rule Charges Under the FCRA (Privacy and Security Blog)   

Mobile service providers frequently look at their customers’ credit scores to determine pricing plans for those customers. But a recent settlement between Sprint and the FTC shows carriers that use customers’ credit info to determine rates may be subject to the FTC’s Risk-Based Pricing Rule under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.   

Tribune Media CEO Promises Programming Costs Will Level Off: ‘Had to Reach a Critical Mass’ (The Wrap)

Tribune Media’s programming expense is rising at a rapid rate, but CEO Peter Liguori said that the trend won’t continue for long. “It kind of had to reach a critical mass, and we’re clearly approaching that,” he said. In the third quarter of 2015, Tribune’s programming expenses rose to $116.3 million versus $93.9 million last year.