Digital Daily Dozen 2/3/17

The road ahead for technology-related trade agreement terms

President Trump’s recent presidential memorandum marking the exit of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) multilateral trade agreement augurs a brave new world on the international trade front.  –Brookings


Snap finally shared the details of its business, which is growing like crazy

Snap, the company behind Snapchat, is seeking a $25 billion valuation on the New York Stock Exchange. So what do the financials look like for a $25 billion startup?  –Recode


Media Bureau Sets Aside Noncom Reporting Decision

Michelle Carey, the new acting chief of the FCC’s Media Bureau, said Thursday that it has set aside the bureau’s denial of noncommercial broadcasters’ petitions to reconsider a reporting requirement they argued was not in the public interest.  –B&C


FCC OK’s Broadband Network in 2.4 GHz Band

Globalstar has been cleared to create a terrestrial broadband network in its 2.4. GHz spectrum holdings. The Federal Communications Commission modified its Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) rule for Globalstar in a December Report & Order, clearing the way for it to launch a low-power terrestrial network at 2.4835 to 2.495 GHz.  –TV Technology


Rep. Doyle ‘Disappointed’ With ISP Congressional Review Act Letter

Count House Communications Subcommittee ranking member Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) among those not eager to use Congressional Review Act authority to invalidate the FCC’s broadband privacy framework, but he suggested he was willing to work on an approach to balance the privacy requirements on ISPs and edge providers.  –B&C


AT&T to buy FiberTower for millimeter wave

AT&T said it has agreed to purchase FiberTower and its millimeter wave spectrum rights for an undisclosed amount. FiberTower owns licenses in the 24 GHz and 39 GHz bands and provides wireless services to carriers, enterprises and government entities. Carriers typically use FiberTower’s services for wireless backhaul.  –RCR Wireless


Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile Lay Out Their Own Privacy Principles

Facing uncertainty about the future of the FCC’s broadband privacy rules, three of the nation’s top four wireless carriers signed on to adhere to a set of privacy principles set forth by more than twenty internet service providers (ISPs) and industry groups.  –Wireless Week


Four Senators Sign on as Cosponsors of Local Radio Freedom Act

A bipartisan group of four Senators have joined as cosponsors of a resolution that opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) now has 123 cosponsors in the House and 10 in the Senate.  –NAB


OECD Mobile Broadband Penetration Rises to 95 Percent, Now Reaches 1.2 Billion

New data from OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) reveals a mobile broadband penetration rate of 95% in the 35 industrialized nations that comprise the OECD as of June 2016.  –Telecompetitor


Cost Drives Traditional TV Viewers To Online Alternatives

The Internet of Things may be welcoming TVs into the mix as the number of Internet-connected televisions approaches market saturation as consumers ditch TV services for streaming alternatives.  –Media Post


How AI is stopping criminal hacking in real time

Almost every day, there’s news about a massive data leak — a breach at Yahoo that reveals millions of user accounts, a compromise involving Gmail phishing scams. Security professionals are constantly moving the chess pieces around, but it can be a losing battle.  –Network World


FCC’s O’Rielly Named to Chair Universal Service Joint Board

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has named fellow Republican commissioner Michael O’Rielly to be the chairman of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations, and the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services.  –B&C



The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi or Heather Vaughn 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.