Digital Daily Dozen: 4/26/15

The Digital Daily Dozen for April 27, 2015.

Net Vitality [Report by Stuart Brotman] (Media Institute) This is the first-ever quantitative and qualitative composite analysis of the global broadband Internet ecosystem, viewed in a country comparative context. The development of this index helps identify the top-tier global broadband Internet leaders — an elite grouping of five countries that distinguish themselves as pacesetters.

Broadband Internet’s Elephant in the Room [Commentary by Stuart Brotman] (Inside Source) The fundamental policy challenge ahead is not how to develop long-term solutions to short-term problems that may arise in one part of the broadband Internet ecosystem. Rather, the focus should be on how the United States develops the best business and government environment to promote Net Vitality.

Chip-card security remains scarce in wallets (USA Today) The odds of your credit card including the tiny EMV chip that encrypts a transaction and prevents the cloning of the card are not as good as you might hope. Last August, the Payments Security Task Force (an industry group) reported that nine of the country’s top card issuers would have one in two cards chip-enabled by the end of 2015.

Downside of Police Body Cameras: Your Arrest Hits YouTube (New York Times) While some departments cite privacy concerns or the administrative burden of making the videos available to the public, the Seattle police post everything.  

Turning a Children’s Rating System Into an Advocacy Army (New York Times) James Steyer’s nonprofit organization, Common Sense Media, is known for offering parents guidance on games and videos, but he has a grander vision.   

The Sensor-Rich, Data-Scooping Future (New York Times, Bits Blog) G.E. is adding more sensor technology to products like street lights, heralding a sensor explosion that many believe will fuse the physical world with the Internet, anticipating and facilitating human behaviors.

How Facebook, Snapchat and Vessel Are Courting Ad Buyers (Hollywood Reporter) Facebook might not have an official presence at the Digital Content NewFronts in New York, but it’s almost certain that advertisers will be hearing a lot about the social networking giant and other emerging video platforms during the next two weeks.

Fox’s Kriv Houston Launches Web-Only Newcast (Net News Check) Fox Television Station KRIV-TV in Houston is launching a daily, half-hour original Web show geared at drawing viewers to its 5 p.m. newscast. “30 Minutes ’til Air” will feature a more conversational, personal and behind-the-scenes take on news, aiming to weave on-air and off-air staff more closely into the news fabric.

Free Market Forces Bring Tough Times to Tidal (Inside Sources) In music, the free market is alive in that consumers get to decide how they spend their money. And the last ten years has shown that consumers can and will spend less to listen to recorded music than they have in the past. Flashback fifteen years and recall NSYNC, one of the last acts to sell truckloads of CDs.

The Future May Belong to Web and Mobile Video, but TV Will Survive (Ad Week) Television is dead! Long live television! This, the ancient cry of royal succession, is entirely appropriate to herald what’s happening right now—literally before our eyes—to the medium of television. TV has ruled our lives and lifestyles, our news and entertainment, our politics and our economics since network broadcasting began in 1949.

Rural Phone Woes Persist in Minnesota, Across the Country (Star Tribune) Rural telephone connection problems continue to plague remote communities in Minnesota and across the country. A national test of 2,150 rural calls in 2011 showed that 344 never reached their destination and another 172 were “unacceptably delayed or of poor quality,” according to the FCC.

Analyst: U.S. carriers and Dish now hold spectrum worth $368B (Fierce Wireless) U.S. wireless carriers along with Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) sit on wireless spectrum worth around $368 billion collectively, according to a report from a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs. That sky-high valuation is a result of the AWS-3 spectrum auction, according to Goldman Sachs analyst Brett Feldman.

FTC Opposes AT&T’s Bid To Appeal Decision In Throttling Battle (Media Post, Wendy Davis) The FTC says AT&T shouldn’t be allowed to immediately appeal a decision that allows the agency to proceed with a lawsuit challenging the telecom’s throttling practices. “The order is unlikely to be overturned on appeal, and there are thus no advantages to an immediate appeal,” the FTC argues in motion papers filed.