Digital Daily Dozen 12/06/2013

USTelecom’s McCormick: Net Neutrality Rules Have Had No Effect

USTelecom President Walter McCormick says that he has seen no impact from the FCC’s net neutrality rules either on his members or on competition. In an interview for C-SPAN, McCormick was asked whether he thought the D.C. Circuit would overturn the rules—USTelecom member Verizon sued over the rules.

FTC Settles With Flashlight App Developer Over Data Collection

According to the FTC, the "Brightest Flashlight" app for Android devices was revealing more than objects in the dark. The FTC said it had settled with app company Goldenshores Technologies over charges it had deceived consumers about how their geolocation information would be shared with ad networks and other third parties.

Padden: FCC Does Not Have Enough Auction Volunteers

The FCC has not attracted "anything approaching" the number of TV station spectrum volunteers it will need for a successful incentive auction. That is according to a veteran broadcast executive representing a coalition of 70-plus stations who are at least willing to kick the tires on the FCC offer if the price is right.

For Bitcoin, a Setback in China and an Endorsement on Wall Street

China has thrown some cold water on Bitcoin, the popular virtual currency that has gained many adherents in the country.

Mobile shopping goes mainstream this year

More than ever this holiday season, smartphones and tablets are the way to shop. Thanksgiving weekend set records for mobile sales and traffic, accounting for nearly 40% of online traffic on Black Friday and nearly a third of all online traffic on Cyber Monday, according to IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark.

House passes bill aimed at curbing patent trolls

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill meant to discourage so-called patent trolls from filing multiple infringement lawsuits or demanding licensing deals over the objections of some groups representing small inventors.

When California’s telephone market was deregulated in 2006, consumers were told that increased competition would improve service and reduce prices. It hasn’t worked out like that. For some consumers, monthly phone rates have risen 260% in the last five years. Meanwhile, quality of service declined substantially.,0,1884243.column?track=rss#axzz2mhxOaoOH


“Competition” is a somewhat slippery word that can mean different things to different people. The FCC has a checkered history of using regulations and subsidies in largely unsuccessful efforts to manufacture competition. So many in the telecom industry have been cautiously optimistic about FCC’s Wheeler’s rhetoric.

Over $255 million in funding to provide new broadband access to over 400,000 homes and businesses in rural areas of 41 states has been authorized from the FCC’s Connect America Fund, connecting nearly 1 million people who lack service.

Netflix Near Cable Popularity Among Young Adults
Netflix is creeping up on cable in the race for U.S. young adult subscribers. Among those between the ages of 18 and 36, some 46% of paid TV subscribers choose cable, while 43% use Netflix. Statista’s chart shows the breakdown of which TV services Americans pay for.

Spotify Plans Free Mobile Version of Its Service
Spotify is said to be planning a free, ad-supported version of its streaming-music service on mobile devices, after previously making mobile users pay a fee. Spotify has reached licensing deals with all three of the global music companies to use their recordings on the new service.

Apple, Google, Facebook Dominate Mobile World
Apple remained the top U.S. smartphone maker in the October quarter, while Google’s Android was the dominant operating system in that market, said comScore. Google was the top website on smartphones, with 88% of the mobile media audience, followed by Facebook with 84%.

FiOS Streaming CBS, Fox Affils In-Home

It’s still not close to TV Everywhere, but Verizon Communications is expanding live-TV streaming options to let FiOS customers watch CBS and Fox stations in several East Coast markets at home on tablets and smartphones.

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.