Digital Daily Dozen: 4/23/15

The Digital Daily Dozen for April 23, 2015.

Report Suggests FCC About to Kill Comcast’s Time Warner Cable Deal (Recode)    Comcast’s effort to convince regulators to approve its $45 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable appears to be on life support after FCC staff is reportedly recommending sending the matter to an administrative law judge for a hearing. The move would effectively kill the deal since it would drown the company in paperwork.

Facebook Users Are Notching Four Billion Video Views Every Day (Recode) Facebook products have a tendency to grow, and grow quickly. Video doesn’t appear to be an exception. The social network announced that it now serves up four billion video views to its user base every single day, up from three billion in January and just one billion back in September. Of those, 75 percent come from mobile devices.

Google’s Wireless Service: What It Means for Consumers, Google and the Carriers (Recode) Google officially announced its plans to offer its own wireless service under the Project Fi moniker. As expected, the effort taps three networks: LTE networks from Sprint and T-Mobile along with a heavy dose of Wi-Fi. Customers pay $20 per month plus $10 for each gigabyte of data they use. So why is Google doing this?

ESPN’s row with Verizon over TV bundles is far from over (USA Today) Verizon ran into a barrage of criticism from ESPN over its plan to overhaul the way it bundles channels. The row didn’t stop Verizon from selling the new plans to consumers. ESPN has held back from overt challenges, other than issuing short statements questioning the legality of Verizon’s move. But the matter isn’t going away.

House Subcommittee Approves Patent TROL Bill (Broadcasting & Cable) The House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee voted 10-7 along party lines to approve the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act, which would define what constitutes a false and deceptive patent assertion entity letter subject to FTC enforcement under its Sec. 5 authority.

USTelecom’s McCormick: Title II is ‘Bad, Bad, Bad’ (Multichannel) Walter McCormick, USTelecom president and CEO, planned to tell a Media Institute luncheon that the FCC’s vote to reclassify Internet access service as a Title II telecom service subject to common carrier regulation was “bad policy – bad for consumers, bad for innovation, bad for investment, [and] bad for American competitiveness.” 

FCC Ponders New Broadband Privacy Role (Multichannel) The FCC has released its agenda for a public workshop on broadband consumer privacy. This issue has gained front-burner status after the FCC reclassified broadband under Title II. The commission already had oversight of cable operators customer proprietary network information.

Broadcasters, Aereo In $950K Settlement (Deadline) A year less a day after the Barry Diller-backed streaming service argued in front of the Supreme Court over the broadcasters’ claims of copyright violation, the now Chapter 11 Aereo hopes its come to the end of the long legal road. The shuttered company and its nemesis’ have come to a deal that will see Aereo pay out $950,000.

HBO threatens to block international HBO Now subscribers (The Drum) HBO is seeking to enforce an international lock-out of its HBO Now streaming service after developing software tools to detect subscribers who are resident outside of the US. The broadcaster is threatening to cast customers in Canada, Germany, Australia and the UK adrift as it seeks to cater solely for American customers.

Google Builds a Data Platform That’s the Last Piece of Its Ad Empire (The Drum) Google is testing a new advertising product seen as the last piece it needs to complete its ad tech superstructure. The search giant is building a data management platform to help target ads and connect brands with people online more effectively, according to sources familiar with the plans.

The Free Internet is a Global Priority [Commentary] (Wired) In recent weeks, some of my allies in the Internet community have asked why I am working on the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, which they see as harmful to the Internet. Many of these activists have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with me in the past as I fought against powerful special interests.

AT&T Says it Needs to Invest in FTTP Where it Makes Economic Sense (Fierce Telecom) AT&T is seeing that the rollout of fiber-to-the-premises is the only way it can realistically compete with both existing cable operators and emerging players, such as Google Fiber, that are offering higher speeds than it can deliver on a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) architecture.

Why Doesn’t Comcast Compete with TWC? [Commentary] (The Verge) The only relevant question in the Comcast/Time Warner merger that Comcast has refused to answer: If competition is so vibrant and healthy in the broadband market — enough to make net neutrality regulation a bad idea, as ISPs including Comcast have argued — why won’t Comcast compete with Time Warner?