Digital Daily Dozen 12/10/15

A BILL TO SELL FEDERAL AIRWAVES IS STILL ALIVE (Morning Consult)

A bill aimed at freeing up federal airwaves to enhance the country’s broadband connection, the MOBILE NOW Act, is well on its way to committee action in the Senate. Its sponsor and primary drafter, Senate Commerce Committee Chair John Thune said that the bill’s authors are working with the White House. 

INTERNET TAX BAN LIKELY TO BECOME PERMANENT  (The Hill) 

A proposal to permanently prevent states from taxing access to the Internet is included in a broader bill expected to pass Congress. Extending the tax ban indefinitely would be a key victory for lawmakers who have tried for years to remove the sunset date on the 1998 ban, which has required several extensions.   

HOW AT&T IS OUT-BUILDING GOOGLE FIBER  (Washington Post The Switch Blog- Commentary) 

Consider this: The number of cities where Google Fiber has actually been switched on can be counted on your fingers, whereas AT&T GigaPower is already up and running in some 20 metropolitan areas. Where many of Google’s prospective expansions are still in the discussion phase, AT&T has made concrete investments.   

23% of Pay-TV Subs ‘Trimmed’ Cord Last Year (Broadcasting & Cable) 

A new survey found that 23% of pay-TV subscribers engaged in cord trimming in the last year. Cord cutting has become a big concern to the TV industry as streaming services and other digital offerings provide options to consumers. The report by PwC found that more TV audiences are choosing to downsize or opt out of pay-TV.   

Muslims welcome on Facebook, says Zuckerberg (USA Today) 

Muslims are “always” welcome on Facebook and “we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted. Zuckerberg wrote that after the attacks in Paris and anti-Muslim public speech this week, he wanted to add his voice in support of Muslims around the world. 

Companies scramble to fix lack of encryption on mobile apps (Network World)

More than a dozen companies are failing to encrypt data payment card information transmitted from their mobile applications, putting users at a security risk.  

Why Apple Put Its TV Plans On Hold (Recode) 

Apple has pushed away from the TV negotiating table because of the composition of the bundle that it wants to package. It wants a “skinny” bundle of just a dozen or so core channels retailing at $30 a month, but the programmers are balking over the nuances of how that comes together.   

How Sports is Riding the Rising Tide of Virtual Reality (Pro Max BDA) 

Voke collaborated with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings to broadcast the team’s home opener against the Los Angeles Clippers to students at Dhirubai Ambani International School in Mumbai, India and children hospitalized at the Kaiser Permanente Women and Children’s Center in Roseville, California.     

‘Significant concern’ over EC copyright reforms (TB Vision) 

European Commission plans to allow consumers to access content acquired in one territory to access it in others are of “significant concern” to the international TV industry, according to a key production body. The EC will officially reveal its wide-ranging Digital Single Market proposals.   

Wal-Mart jumps into mobile payments, rolls out own system (Reuters)

Wal-Mart will introduce its own mobile-payment service today in some Arkansas stores, with plans to add more outlets after the holidays and eventually reach all of its 4,600 stores. Wal-Mart will deploy QR technology for smartphones, instead of near-field communication technology.   

 Consumer Study Finds A Third Plan To Install A Blocker In Next 3 Months (Media Post) 

One-third of consumers are “very or somewhat likely” to install ad-blocking software in the next three months, according to findings of a consumer survey released by online publishing trade association Digital Content Next (formerly the Online Publishers Association).    

Feinstein Working on Legislation to ‘Pierce’ Encryption (Inside Sources) 

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is working on legislation to “pierce” encryption products, according to statements she made during a Wednesday hearing with FBI Director James Comey on the agency’s efforts to stop criminals and terrorists from “going dark” online.   

Millennials will accelerate Internet of Things action, IDC predicts (CIO) 

As millennials move into business decision-making roles over the next three years, they will push for faster deployments of real-time, sensor-driven applications, according to IDC’s FutureScape report. As millennials move into influential business roles, around 2017, they will expect a business world where connectivity is integrated.