Digital Daily Dozen 12/10/2013

T-Mobile: Aggregation Limits Can Boost Revenues

The FCC continues to get very different input on its spectrum auctions from the telco industry. AT&T warns of the auction-impairing strategy of limiting bidders’ additional spectrum holdings. T-Mobile argues that dire warnings of lost revenues from aggregation limits are "unfounded." Both have studies to back their arguments.

NAB Warns FCC Not to Push Broadcasters Into Auction

National Association of Broadcasters executive VP Rick Kaplan told Congress the FCC should make it easy for broadcasters to take part in the spectrum auction but not force them. "The Commission’s directive is not to push broadcasters to participate in the auction; but rather, to make it as easy as possible for them.”

Viacom CEO Predicts Launch of Virtual Pay TV
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman drew gasps at an investor conference when he predicted that 2014 could see the launch of a virtual pay TV operator. Intel, Sony, Apple and other tech firms are believed to have looked at launching such a broadband-based service.

Dick Wiley’s Word: Top Ten Issues for the New FCC

As a former FCC Chairman, I know something about the challenges that Tom Wheeler, who recently has assumed leadership at the Commission, will face over the next few years. With apologies to David Letterman, here are what I see as the “Top Ten” issues facing the agency and its new head.

For Bitcoin, Square Peg Meets Round Hole Under the Law

The development of the virtual currency presents challenges for the authorities to use laws that were not designed for the digital world to combat illegal conduct.

World Bank: Crowdfunding Investment Market to Hit $93 Billion by 2025

Crowdfunding has come a long way since 2008, when a group of UC Berkeley MBA students launched Indiegogo. It’s now a multibillion-dollar industry growing literally exponentially and worldwide. Research suggests crowdfunding will grow more than 100 percent in 2013.

Cops asked wireless carriers for over 1.1 million customer cellphone records in 2012

Wireless carriers told Senator Edward Markey that they received 1.1 million requests for cell phone data information from law enforcement agencies in 2012. The number may appear to be less than the 1.3 million total requests for 2011, but don’t get excited; giving you a comparable answer is not possible.

Broadcast TV Nets Benefit From Time-Shifting

Incorporating seven days of program viewing data for selling metrics to TV advertisers, broadcast networks continue to see growth in time-shifting for their top shows.

Truth has never been an essential ingredient of viral content on the Internet. But in the stepped-up competition for readers, digital news sites are increasingly blurring the line between fact and fiction, and saying that it is all part of doing business in the rough-and-tumble world of online journalism.


At the height of the frenzy over Edward Snowden’s disclosures, President Barack Obama delivered remarks suggesting that he was wrestling with whether, as President, he had struck the proper balance on surveillance policy: In practice, President Obama has not wavered from the position taken by the NSA’s lawyers.

President Barack Obama is out to put the public’s mind at ease about new revelations on intelligence-gathering, but the Office for the Director of National Intelligence can’t quite seem to get with the program of calming everyone down.

As Streaming TV Rises, DVR Penetration Slows

DVR penetration in U.S. homes is slowing down, according to a new study by the Leichtman Research Group. While more homes have at least one digital video recorder, most of these homes also have a subscription to Netflix or a VOD service.

Digital Magazine Circulation Soars

The total number of digital magazines downloaded every week has increased almost sevenfold from 300,000 per week in the last quarter of 2011 to around 2 million per week presently, according to new figures from Adobe, whose Digital Publishing Suite powers around 80% of all digital magazine editions tracked.

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.