Digital Daily Dozen 3/29/17

NAB Worries About Radio in Repack Process

Association says current transition plan ‘operates as if radio stations do not exist’  –Radio World


Congress just voted to strip away FCC rules that protected your internet privacy

Congress took its final step today to scrap online privacy rules imposed by the FCC last year on the likes of AT&T, Comcast*, Charter and Verizon, delivering a victory for the nation’s telecommunications industry — and a blow to consumer-protection advocates  –Recode


Pai Signals Title II Rollback Is Best Privacy Protection

Says FCC overreach was the problem Congress had fixed  –B&C


NMA to FCC: Stronger Industry Is Best Fake News Defense

The News Media Alliance, the principal newspaper association, has told the FCC there is no “rational explanation” for the commission to continue to preserve the 1975 newspaper-broadcast crossownership ban and that to do so limits their ability to be the counterpoint to the current spate of “fake news.”  –B&C


Vote to repeal U.S. broadband privacy rules sparks interest in VPNs

The vote by the U.S. Congress to repeal rules that limit how internet service providers can use customer data has generated renewed interest in an old internet technology: virtual private networks, or VPNs.  –Reuters


Facebook Says It’s Not Responsible For Discriminatory Ads

Facebook plans to argue that it is not legally responsible for ads on its platform that may violate civil rights laws, the company said in a court filing submitted late last week.  –Media Post


Comcast Plans to Launch Low-Cost Broadband Skinny TV Bundles Across U.S. Footprint in Q3

Comcast, looking to build another TV on-ramp for subscribers, is rebranding its broadband-delivered “skinny bundle” service as Xfinity Instant TV and plans to roll out the service across its U.S. footprint in the third quarter of 2017, sources confirmed to Variety.  –Variety


High Court Ruling Likely to Spur 3-D Printing Copyrights

A U.S. Supreme Court decision on cheerleader uniform design copyrights will expand the number of 3-D printed objects with intellectual property protection, attorneys told Bloomberg BNA March 22.  –BNA


Watch Hackers Use a Drone-Mounted Laser to Control Malware Through a Scanner

Researchers in Israel have shown off a novel technique that would allow attackers to wirelessly command devices using a laser light, bypassing so-called air gaps.  –Motherboard


Computers learn to cooperate better than humans

For the first time, computers have taught themselves how to cooperate in games in which the objective is to reach the best possible outcome for all players.  –Science


FCC’s Pai to Eliminate Federal Lifeline Eligibility Program

Saying the FCC will still include broadband in its Lifeline low-income subsidies program, FCC chairman Ajit Pai will return the eligibility portion of that program to the states and will not authorize nine federal lifeline authorizations he rescinded last month.  –B&C


Democratic Senators Introduce Muni Broadband Barriers Preemption Bill

A federal court overturned the FCC’s attempt to preempt state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that limited municipal broadband buildouts, so some Democratic Senators (and one independent) are trying to do it themselves.  –B&C




The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi or Heather Vaughn as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is. ________________________________________________________________