Digital Daily Dozen: 6/19/15

The Digital Daily Dozen for June 19, 2015.

Ad Blocking Is a Growing Problem. What’s the Fix? (Adage) Browsing the web without ads is actually kind of nice. No popups stealing your screen. No autoplaying video ads making the page load as slowly as if it were being dialed up through AOL circa 1999. With 28% of U.S. internet users estimated to use ad blockers, publishers like CBS Interactive, Forbes and DailyMail weigh what to do.

Big 4 Affiliates Seek AT&T/DirecTV Local-into-Local Condition (Broadcasting & Cable) The Big Four network affiliate associations have joined the National Association of Broadcasters in asking the FCC to require DirecTV to carry TV stations in all 210 TV markets if it wants to be able to merge with AT&T. Satellite operators have to carry all TV stations in markets where it carries any, but has no general must-carry mandate. 

HBO Seeking ‘Ubiquitous’ Distribution (Broadcasting & Cable) A strong feeling that going over-the-top would create incremental growth for HBO was a primary reason why the premium programmer pulled the trigger on HBO Now, its new  standalone offering. “It was done to grow,” Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, said at NewBay Media’s Next TV Summit.   

Wheeler: FCC is Net Neutrality ‘Referee’ (Broadcasting & Cable) FCC Chair Tom Wheeler signaled that the interconnection deals struck in the shadow of the FCC’s new net neutrality order are something of a template of how the commission wants the new rules to work in encouraging marketplace solutions. Wheeler said he expected “the players” will work between and among themselves.

F.C.C. Votes to Move Forward With Plan to Subsidize Broadband for Poor Americans (New York Times) The agency on Thursday voted along party lines to move forward with a plan to amend a $1.7 billion phone subsidy program to cover broadband Internet.

How Your Cell Phone Taxes Help Poor People [Commentary] (CNN) Every month, Uncle Sam adds a 6 percent tax onto your wireless bill. It’s part of an 81-year old program called the Universal Service Fund, and it’s getting a makeover. Collecting taxes from wireless bills creates an $8.5 billion fund that the FCC distributes to develop broadband service in rural America and to connect schools and libraries.

Verizon Ordered to Finish Fiber Build That it Promised but Didn’t Deliver (Arstechnica) New York City officials ordered Verizon to complete fiber builds that the company was supposed to finish in 2014. If Verizon doesn’t comply, the city can seek financial damages. “In a 2008 agreement with New York City, Verizon committed to extend its FiOS network to every household across the five boroughs by June 30, 2014.”

NCTA: Rural Fiber Deployments Fueling Dramatic Increases in Higher Speed Broadband Takes Rates (Telecompetitor) Deploying fiber based services remains a priority for NTCA members, with 39 percent of survey respondents citing the use fiber-to-the-premises technology in their networks today. Among current FTTP providers, 25 percent say they can reach their entire customer base with the technology.

‘Gronking to Remember’ Lawsuit Reveals Some Shockers (Hollywood Reporter) Amazon.com is telling a federal judge to reject claims made by an anonymous couple who appeared on the cover of pseudonymous author Lacey Noonan’s self-published erotic novella entitled A Gronking to Remember, arguing that to deny it summary judgment would have a “deleterious effect on the free dissemination of information.”

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Won’t Be on Apple Music When It Launches (Hollywood Reporter) Taylor Swift is holding strong, abstaining from licensing 1989 to any digital streaming service — including Apple Music. A rep for Swift’s label Big Machine Records has confirmed with Billboard the pop star’s hit album will not be available on Apple Music when it launches on June 30.

Day Parting is So 1996, It’s Time For Audience Parting [Commentary] (Promaxbda) For decades, it’s been same old, same old for the people buying and selling television advertising. “Day parting.” It was the perfect formula for an era in which we didn’t know all that much about audiences. That era is long over and trends like time-shifting and binge viewing are blowing up the entire notion of day parts.

La Presse And Journalism’s ‘New Vocabulary’ (Net News Check) At Montreal’s La Presse, the newsroom has been revolutionized around its primary daily product: a tablet app called La Presse+. Reporters, designers and videographers work in teams to find the best way to tell a story that grabs the audience’s attention, although that comes with a price of longer production times.

US court allows Google Earth image as evidence (CIO) An appeals court has ruled that Google Earth images, like photographs, can be used as evidence in a court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in an appeal by Paciano Lizarraga-Tirado, who claimed that he was on the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border when he was arrested by U.S. agents some years ago.