Digital Daily Dozen: 4/14/16

Clinton and Sanders Using Addressable Advertising in New York Market (Ad Age)  

“Hillary Clinton siempre ha estado a nuestro lado,” declares a Spanish language ad running in New York City by the former NY Senator. Translation: “Hillary Clinton has always been on our side.” The “Una Bandera” ad – or “One Flag” — is just the sort of targeted message that addressable TV advertising was made for.    

ANA Asks FCC to Slow Down on ISP Privacy Rule (Ad Age) 

The FCC is moving quickly on new privacy regulations for ISPs, but the Association of National Advertisers is saying “not so fast.” It has asked the FCC to slow the process by asking for more time to weigh in on  a147 page proposal that would require ISPs to seek permission from their customers before their personal information is shared. 

Building a more connected world: Facebook CTO  (USA Today- Commentary) 

We all want to connect. No matter who we are or where we live, the one thing that unites us all is our deep desire to communicate. At Facebook, we know how important it is for everyone to connect in a rich way, and we want to develop technologies to make it possible.  

Google Fiber wants to beam wireless Internet to your home (Recode)  

For five years, Google Fiber has laid its high-speed Internet in a handful of cities and pledged to come to several more. But now it has bigger ambitions: It is working on a plan to beam wireless broadband directly into homes. If Google can figure out how to make the technology work, that would reverberate across the broadband industry.   

The Feinstein-Burr Senate Encryption Bill Is Here, and Silicon Valley Still Hates It (Recode)   

Silicon Valley was already on the offensive against the Senate encryption bill. The legislation in the draft requires companies like Apple to comply with court orders to decrypt messages. Sens. Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein unveiled their bill, the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016. Little in the language changed.   

100 Billion Connected Devices Coming; U.S. Tops In Connectivity (Media Post) 

The world is getting more connected. Much of this is thanks to advancements in networking technology. And much also is due to the massive introduction of new connected devices, which require fast and efficient networks so the information they accumulate can be shared in real time. 

5G wireless slowly, carefully taking shape (Network World) 

5G wireless is coming, but it has a lot of challenges to overcome, and we’re not going to be enjoying its blazing speeds until 2020 at least. But, at cable industry group CableLabs’ InformED Wireless event on Wednesday in New York, several experts helped provide new hints about the shape of the technology to come.     

Putting the Squeeze on Rural America (Communications Law Blog)    

On March 30, the FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, imposing numerous additional obligations upon rate-of-return regulated incumbent local exchange carriers, while leaving many rural ILECs with the same or less compensation to satisfy the significant broadband build-out mandated.   

Verizon to Invest $300 Million Replacing Copper Network with Fiber in Boston (Inside Sources)

Verizon, one of the largest Internet providers in the U.S., announced a landmark move in Boston this week, where the provider plans to invest $300 million transforming the city into one of the most “technologically-advanced” in the U.S.   

Twitter has outsized influence, but it doesn’t drive much traffic for most news orgs, a new report says (Nieman Lab) 

Twitter generates 1.5 percent of traffic for typical news organizations, according to a new report from the social analytics company that examined data from 200 of its client websites over two weeks in January.’s network includes publishers like Upworthy, Slate, The Daily Beast, and Business Insider. 


The GOP-controlled House Communications Subcommittee held a hearing on a new bill that would reduce the Lifeline budget to $1.5 billion and set a hard cap on the program. Public interest groups say the CURB Act could severely undermine the Lifeline program and potentially exclude millions of low-income people.    


Municipal broadband is controversial, because it involves governmental entities entering a commercial telecom marketplace that had previously been the exclusive domain of private sector providers. Supporters of municipal broadband argue that communities and local governments should be able to provide this service.   

Bell Labs Wireless Capacity Vs. Demand Forecast: Carriers Must Invest More (Telecompetitor)   

Network service providers won’t be able to keep pace with surging wireless traffic unless they increase investment in next-generation technologies, according to a wireless capacity vs. demand forecast from Bell Labs Consulting. Researchers advise providers to invest in technologies such as 5G and cloud platforms and services.