Wheeler Defends Title II Decision in Senate (Broadcasting & Cable)
FCC chair Tom Wheeler vigorously defended the process by which the FCC reached its decision to reclassify Internet access as a Title II common carrier service. That came in a Senate Commerce Committee FCC oversight hearing during which he was grilled by Sen. Ron Johnson, chair of the Senate government oversight committee.
Study: TV Ads Create Social Engagement (Broadcasting & Cable)
Television advertising has a big impact on the social media world, according to a new report. Research conducted for Turner Broadcasting by 4C found that commercials prompt consumers to interact with brands on Facebook and Twitter, and premium programming generates more engagement content.
Another LPTV Group Seeks Stay of Spectrum Auction (Broadcasting & Cable)
Another group of LPTVs has asked the FCC to stay the start of the March 29 incentive auction. The FCC has so far shown no signs of granting such stay requests. The latest filing challenges the FCC’s interpretation of incentive auction legislation in which it excluded most LPTVs from auction participation or protection of their signals.
The Pentagon is turning to Silicon Valley. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced plans to create a new “innovation advisory board” for the bellicose department and appointed Alphabet chairman and Google CEO emeritus Eric Schmidt to lead it.
A growing throng of Americans revel in being able to call out “What’s the weather?” to their Amazon Echo and get the immediate answers. But these first forays into a world where digital servants always listen for our commands raise red flags for privacy and security experts, who see too many ways it could all go horribly wrong.
The Future For Brands In The OTT Space (Media Post- Commentary)
As services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have gained ground, and as many TV networks have seen ratings decline, an obvious question arises: How do brands connect with the seemingly growing number of consumers spending more and more time discovering and watching shows in those ad-free environments?
FCC Commissioners Tom Wheeler and Ajit Pai, frequently at odds for the last year over the year-old net neutrality regulations, had one of their most heated exchanges yet before a congressional hearing Wednesday, where the two sparred over the rules’ impact on broadband investment.
For the third time in under a year, security researchers have found a method to attack encrypted Web communications, a direct result of weaknesses that were mandated two decades ago by the U.S. government. These new attacks show the dangers of deliberately weakening security protocols by introducing backdoors.
Media Cos. Make Big Push Into Streaming (LA Times)
Scrambling to keep pace with consumer trends, established media companies are accelerating their push into the Internet video streaming business. The trend was highlighted this week by a flurry of deals announced by major media companies, including Sony, Disney, Time Warner’s HBO and AT&T.
REACHING OUR WIRELESS POTENTIAL (The Hill- Commentary)
Whether we are using a data plan on licensed spectrum or accessing the web through Wi-Fi in unlicensed bands, we’ve all experienced the frustration of a slower connection. That is because the airwaves are overcrowded. In fact, Apple and Cisco recently released reports that found the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band to be overloaded.
Is this the beginning of the end of the sales-tax-free Internet? (Tech Policy Daily)
Most consumers know that many online retailers do not collect sales tax unless they have a presence in the buyer’s state. Fewer consumers know that although the seller is under no duty to collect in these circumstances, the buyer is often still obligated to pay that tax directly to the government.
The Motion Picture Association of America and Donuts, a domain name registry for new generic top-level domains, recently announced an agreement to help ensure that websites using domains registered with Donuts are not engaged in large-scale piracy.
How Viceland is Leading Digital Media’s March to TV (Pro Max BDA)
Vice flipped the switch on Viceland this week—diving into the unknown as the only digital media company with its own cable channel—while other digital publishers lie in wait to see if the network’s combination of native advertising and in-house original programming aimed at millennials is a model worth imitating.