Digital Daily Dozen: 9/23/15

Xi Jinping Pledges to Work With U.S. to Stop Cybercrimes (NY Times)  

The president faced a crowd concerned over China’s barriers to market access, rampant commercial cybertheft and the imposition of intrusive security measures.   

Walden Praises FCC’s Wheeler for USF Comments (Broadcasting & Cable)

Rep. Greg Walden, chair of the House Communications Subcommittee, gave a shout out to FCC chair Tom Wheeler for a speech he made about the need to reform the Universal Service Fund. Walden has long argued that the USF subsidy should only go to building out new plant, not subsidizing competition to existing service. 

NCTA: FCC Regs Lag Competitive Market (Broadcasting & Cable)

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association says the video marketplace has been competitive for many years and through many video competition reports, but the FCC’s regulatory regime has yet to catch up with that fact.  

 Facebook, Instagram power major gains in social network ad revenue (eMarketer) 

Facebook is the main driving force behind a surge in social network ad revenue globally, a market that eMarketer projects will top $25 billion this year. More than $16 billion of that sum will go to Facebook, with Instagram accounting for $600 million as the photo-sharing network surpasses 400 million users.   

GroupM Demands Ad Nets Enforce Anti-Piracy (MediaPost) 

WPP’s GroupM said that it will require the ad networks and exchanges it works with to participate in an anti-piracy initiative developed by the ad industry’s Trustworthy Accountability Group. GroupM will only insist that its ad-exchange partners use industry-certified providers of anti-piracy services, or become certified themselves. 

Mobile Skyrockets With 1B Users, Global Reach Expands (MediaPost)

Mobile broadband is the fastest-growing information and communication technology service in history, taking just five years to achieve 1 billion users. Global mobile cellular subscriptions (not users) will exceed 7 billion in 2015 (the equivalent of 97 mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 capita), but growth in subscriptions has slowed. 

Appeals Court Sides With Pay-Per-Click Marketers Against Google (MediaPost)

In a blow to Google, a federal appellate court has revived a class-action lawsuit brought by pay-per-click marketers who say their ads were placed on “low quality” sites. The lawsuit stems from Google’s “parked domains” and “errors” programs, which often serve ads on sites that aren’t fully developed.   

 FCC Probes Charter On Web Video Rivalry (Bloomberg)

Regulators reviewing Charter’s proposed $55.1 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable  want to know more about how the cable company has reacted to competition from streaming video providers like Netflix and Amazon. 


The Broadband Opportunity Council Report calls for federal agencies to develop new rules and to streamline the way they give out funding for building Internet infrastructure and online services. These commitments promise to upgrade the country’s Internet infrastructure. The biggest step promotes a policy aimed at enhancing competition.       


The Open Internet Civil Rights Coalition supports the FCC’s legal decision as well as its policy choice to reclassify mobile broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service. Absent full application of open Internet rules to mobile services, communities of color will be less able to rely on mobile devices. 


Advocate General Yves Bot, an adviser to the European Union’s top court, warned that American spies have almost unfettered access to information about European users of Facebook and other social media thanks to an illegal trans-Atlantic pact on data-transfers.        

How Jeb! Would Dismantle Net Neutrality (Inside Sources)

A Jeb Bush presidency in 2016 would mean a drastic overhaul of one of the biggest tech initiatives of the Obama administration, according to a policy proposal dropped Tuesday from the former Florida governor naming net neutrality as one of the biggest targets of regulatory reform in a potential Bush White House. 

Hollywood Adjusts Netflix Strategy as Cord-Cutting Fears Grow  (Advertising Age)

After years of selling old seasons of hit shows exclusively to Netflix, some of the world’s biggest media companies are adjusting their strategy, signing deals with other streaming video services or making more episodes available on demand via traditional pay-TV distributors.