Digital Daily Dozen 2/6/17

In filing, 97 tech companies oppose Trump’s immigration ban

Expressing their discontent over President Trump’s executive order on immigration, 97 tech companies — including giants Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook — filed a joint court brief Sunday opposing the new rules.  –USA Today


Snap looks like it’s Google Cloud’s biggest customer

Snap Inc. is one of Google’s biggest cloud customers. The question is, just how big?  The startup, which has filed paperwork for an IPO, signed a $2 billion contract with Google last week that pays the giant $400 million a year over the next five years.  –Recode


FCC’s Pai Eyes Broadcasting’s Future

Broadcasters tried to get FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to act on their pleas for permission to roll out ATSC 3.0 for more than nine months. It took new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai less than two weeks to deliver—or at least jump-start via a notice of proposed rulemaking, or NPRM—the interactive, mobile, next-generation TV standard.  –B&C


Cable Ops Diverge Over Diversity

Comcast-NBCU, the nation’s largest cable operator, has asked the FCC to scrap its proposed changes to programming contracts as unnecessary in a vibrantly competitive marketplace.  –B&C


How the New Supreme Court May Tackle Tech’s Big Questions

While the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch will involve familiar debates over how to read the Constitution, judicial orientations toward new technology can scramble the fields in surprising ways.  –Wired


The FCC is stopping 9 companies from providing federally subsidized Internet to the poor

Regulators are telling nine companies they won’t be allowed to participate in a federal program meant to help them provide affordable Internet access to low-income consumers — weeks after those companies had been given the green light.  –The Washington Post


Cox Media, Meredith, Hearst and others cheer FCC action on ATSC 3.0

Among the parties praising the FCC’s NPRM on ATSC 3.0 is Pearl TV, a broadcast TV consortium including Cox Media, E.W. Scripps, Graham Media, Hearst Television, Media General, Meredith, Raycom and TEGNA.  –Fierce Cable


First Overtime Super Bowl Pulls In $500M In National TV Ads

National advertising sales from Fox’s “Super Bowl LI” pulled in $432.4 million, according to This total came from 62 brands, with 89 spots, airing 91 times — including four extra commercials that ran in overtime.  –Media Post


Rise Broadband: Fixed 5G Broadband Has Real Rural Challenges

Despite increased interest in fixed 5G on the part of the nation’s largest carriers, it’s still not a great choice for rural areas, said Jeff Kohler, co-founder of rural broadband wireless network operator Rise Broadband, in an interview with Telecompetitor.  –Telecompetitor


BT supports Google’s Android in EU antitrust row

BT (BT.L) has become the first major telecoms company to back Google (GOOGL.O) in a battle with EU regulators, defending the “stability and compatibility” of the Android operating system, which is in the sights of anti-trust regulators.  –Reuters


Google ordered to hand over foreign emails to FBI, unlike Microsoft

Google has been told to comply with the FBI and give the agency access to emails stored overseas.  –ZD Net


EchoStar, OneWeb, others ask for more time to rebut spectrum arguments

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, apparently, so a group of satellite companies is asking the FCC to extend the deadline for filing replies in the proceeding on spectrum bands above 24 GHz.  –Fierce Wireless



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.