Digital Daily Dozen 3/23/17

Revisiting the broadcast public interest standard in communications law and regulation

The presence of this powerful legal, regulatory, and philosophical phrase in the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, is clear. Yet the legislative, judicial, and regulatory history of its interpretation as summarized below reflects decades of uncertainty and ambiguity by Congress, reviewing courts, and the FCC itself.  –Brookings


Senate Nixes FCC Broadband Privacy Rules

The Senate voted Thursday 50 to 48 along strongly divided party lines to invalidate the FCC’s broadband privacy regulations, according to C-SPAN’s televised coverage of the vote.  –B&C


Improved Staff Openness & New Priorities

One of the hallmarks of any successful organization is open, effective internal communication.  The FCC is no different, and the sharing of such information is critical in the decision-making process, whether it be simple facts and data points or more complicated analysis and expert opinion.  –FCC (Commisioner O’Rielly)


‘Spectrum reuse’ may become key to increasing capacity: MoffettNathanson

The end of the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves in the next few weeks could lead to “an unprecedented wave of spectrum dealmaking,” MoffettNathanson analysts wrote this morning. But the emergence of new technologies and network architectures has cast some doubt over just how valuable spectrum has become.  –Fierce Wireless


Industry Voices—Lowenstein’s View: 5G ‘marketing’ vs. 5G ‘reality’

5G was the dominant theme at this year’s Mobile World Congress, and the news has continued with the announcement last week of an accelerated standards timeline for a non-standalone “5G” specification.  –Fierce Wireless


Lawmakers call for renewed national broadband map as Trump funds NTIA

House legislators from both sides of the aisle renewed calls to update the National Broadband Map, which was initially created by the NTIA and the FCC but has languished since 2014 due to lack of funding.  –Fierce Telecom


AT&T, Verizon Pull Ads: Alphabet’s Schmidt Concedes YouTube Ranking Problem

AT&T and Verizon, two of the largest companies spending advertising dollars on Google, have decided to pull advertisements from running on YouTube and the Google Display Network. AT&T said Wednesday that it would pull all ads, with the exception of paid search, until Google could ensure that their ads will not serve next to extremist content again.  –Media Post


How much can a fiber carry? Facebook and Nokia are pushing it

An experimental technology from Nokia could expand a submarine cable’s capacity by 2.5 times  –Network World


Reining in Internet Abuse

Recent events have highlighted the degree to which the internet is being used and abused for harmful, unethical and sometimes illegal purposes. Examples include incitement and recruitment by terrorist groups, cyber bullying, trolling and malicious fake news.  The First Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to say many of these things. Social media companies are private enterprises, however, and are under no obligation to host material, whether benign or malicious.  –Inside Sources


Mossberg: The old dream of the information appliance is now real — so what’s next?

Smartphones got us there, AI will take us further.  –Recode


ABC News, GMA Twitter accounts hacked

Well, it wasn’t such a good morning on Twitter for ABC News and Good Morning America, as their respective Twitter accounts were hacked Thursday, resulting in the network unwittingly broadcasting some fake news.  –USA Today


AT&T & IBM Partner for New IoT Analytics Tech

AT&T and IBM have partnered on a new IoT analytics solution which combines AT&T’s IoT solutions and IBM Cloud to improve enterprise customer’s ability to quickly analyze industrial IoT data and implement faster improvements to their business operations.  –Light Reading




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. ________________________________________________________________