Digital Daily Dozen: 5/27/15

The Digital Daily Dozen for May 27, 2015.

Embracing broadband policy innovation from abroad [Commentary by Stuart Brotman] (Brookings) The context of broadband Internet ecosystem development in a particular country often is unique to that country’s physical, economic, political, cultural, and social environment. Attempting to generalize from even the countries with the best policies is unlikely to yield meaningful policy outcomes.

USTelecom Takes FCC Side in One Net Neutrality challenge (Broadcasting & Cable) It’s complicated. USTelecom, which has challenged the FCC’s justification for new open Internet rules, has asked a federal Court for permission to weigh in in support of the FCC. The trade group, which represents telco ISPs, has asked permission to intervene on behalf of the FCC in the single challenge of the FCC’s Title II-based rules.

Sen. Bennet Asks FCC to Rethink Effective Competition (Broadcasting & Cable) Add Colorado Democratic senator Michael Bennet to the list of congressional Senate Democrats who have registered concern with the FCC’s proposal to presume cable operators face local market competition for traditional video unless a franchisee can prove otherwise.

Charter Pushes for More Reserve Spectrum (Broadcasting & Cable) Charter had more than the proposed Time Warner deal on its mind, urging the FCC to make plenty of low-band spectrum available in the broadcast incentive forward auction to competitors to AT&T and Verizon. The FCC has proposed reserving 30 MHz of spectrum in the auction for competitive carriers, but Charter says it should be 40.

Security Researchers Start Effort to Protect ‘Smart’ Cities (New York Times) Cities around the world are spending billions to automate and computerize everything from traffic control to the power grid. But fears are growing that these networks are easy targets for attacks.

Obama Warns Senators on Lapse in Surveillance (New York Times) With the U.S.A. Patriot Act set to expire, the president urged lawmakers to act, but passage of a bill appeared unlikely.

Charter CEO “Confident” Regulators Will Approve Planned Deals, Touts Consumer Benefits (Hollywood Reporter) Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said he was “confident” about getting regulatory approval for the company’s two big planned deals for Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. He said that the combined company would provide strong broadband services that would allow consumers to have a “great experience.”

FCC Releases Enforcement Advisory (Privsecblog) Come June 12, unless stayed by a federal court, broadband Internet service providers will be subject to expanded requirements to protect consumer privacy and new limitations on the use of customer data under the FCC’s recent Open Internet Order. The problem: no one is exactly sure what those additional requirements and limitations are.

Mary Meeker: Internet user growth slowing (USA Today) Perhaps the most remarkable takeaway from Mary Meeker’s 20th annual Internet Trends Report is the perspective of how much has changed during those two decades. Meeker’s first report was published in 1995, when only 30 million users were online. Now we have 2.8 billion Internet users.

Average cost of computer breach is $3.79 million (USA Today) The average cost of a computer breach at large companies globally was $3.79 million, a survey found. For U.S.-based companies, the average cost was much higher, $6.5 million. The survey was conducted by the Ponemon Institute, a security research center, in conjunction with IBM. It surveyed 350 companies in 11 countries.

Malone’s deal making confirms consolidation phase for digital TV market (USA Today) With Liberty Media Chairman John Malone working two cable deals simultaneously, the latest telecom investment boom that’s given consumers access to mobile, digital TV looks to be firmly in its consolidation phase. The proposed $55 billion takeover of No. 2 TWC comes on the heels of AT&T’s $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV.

NSA Phone Spying Is ‘Winding Down’ — But It’s Not Ending (Inside Sources) After two failed Senate votes over the weekend to renew expiring portions of the Patriot Act, the NSA has begun winding down its mass telephone data surveillance program ahead of a last-minute bid to save it. The Senate adjourned amid a cloud of uncertainty this weekend after failing to pass legislation.

Journalists Are Largest Group On Twitter (Medium) If you spend a fair bit of time on Twitter, you can’t have failed to stumble across users who have a blue tickmark next to their names. These are the Verified Users. There are around 150,000 verified Twitter accounts in total, and according to Twitter, and 25% of them are journalists.