Digital Daily Dozen: 6/12/2015

The Digital Daily Dozen for June 12, 2015.

D.C. Circuit Decides the Net Neutrality Show Will Go On … For Now (Common Law Blog) The net neutrality rules will take effect while the appeals of those rules go forward. The D.C. Circuit has denied requests that the rules be stayed. What this means as a practical matter is far from clear. Whether most, some or any Internet users will notice any differences in the short run is uncertain. We shall see.   

Reactions to Court Decision Denying Net Neutrality Stay (Benton) Benton Foundation has collected reactions from all five FCC Commissioners, key House and Senate members, and a few interested parties.

Bill Blocking Net Neutrality Approved by Financial Services Subcommittee (Broadcasting & Cable) The House Financial Services Subcommittee Thursday (June 11) approved by voice vote an appropriations bill that would cut the FCC’s funding and block net neutrality rules from being implemented, a sort of legislative stay, though it would have to be ex post facto if a federal court does not stay the rules and they go into effect June 12.

Cybersecurity Amendment Approved by House (Broadcasting & Cable) Legislation by must-pass appropriations bill rider continued Thursday with an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would block funding of any government program to build or encourage cybersecurity back doors.

Senate Commerce Takes Up House Version of Dotcom Act (Broadcasting & Cable) The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Commerce Committee and Communications Subcommittee had introduced a version of the Dotcom Act identical to one approved unanimously out of the House Communications Subcommittee earlier this week.

For Twitter, Future Means Here and Now [Commentary] (New York Times) Here, in 140 characters or fewer, is some free advice for Twitter’s next chief executive: Focus on live events. People never tire of gabbing about what’s going on right now. Twitter could be the best place for that. Do it fast. That may sound a bit simplistic.

Cyber-Espionage Case Reveals the Shabby State of Online Security (Technology Review) A groundbreaking online-spying case unearths details that companies wish you didn’t know about how vital information slips away from them.

Apple’s Latest Product Is Privacy  [Commentary] (Recode) Apple loves to use bold, explanatory slides at its big events. Sometimes it lists product features and prices. Sometimes it brags about sales figures. But, earlier this week, at Apple’s 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference, I noticed some slides devoted to something else: Privacy. 

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Wants You to Give a Shit About Spectrum (Recode) T-Mobile CEO John Legere has had considerable success getting wireless consumers on his side, but he faces an uphill battle in his latest quest: Convincing them to care about an upcoming spectrum auction and the rules that govern it. Next year, the FCC will oversee an auction of wireless airwaves currently held by TV broadcasters. 

How a Country Music Awards Show Could Be Meerkat’s Mainstream Moment (Adweek) Meerkat says consumer appetite for its livestreaming app is growing, claiming that users are spending 30 percent more time each week watching and socializing. The 3-month-old tech player will find out what kind of hankering country music fans have for real-time viewing in what could be a historic event for mobile-livestreaming apps.

Lifeline Broadband: 61 Groups Offer Guidelines for FCC (Telecompetitor) A broad group of 61 interest groups has sent a letter to FCC Chair Tom Wheeler advocating for the FCC to adopt a Lifeline low-income program for broadband in 2015. The letter also makes broad recommendations about how that program should be structured.

PCIA, CTIA Fight Lawsuit Seeking to Block FCC Rules that Speed Up Infrastructure Deployment (Fierce Wireless) CTIA and PCIA are teaming up to fight a lawsuit by Montgomery County (MD) that seeks to toss out rules the FCC adopted Fall 2014 intended to speed up the deployment of wireless infrastructure. In a joint filing, the associations  said that the FCC was within its legal authority to change some legal definitions.

New Bill Would Prevent Behavioral Targeting Of Young Teens (Mediapost) Five lawmakers in the House and Senate have reintroduced the “Do Not Track Kids” Act, which would prohibit companies from collecting data from children under the age of 15. The measure also provides for an “eraser button,” which would enable parents and children to delete some publicly available information.