Digital Daily Dozen 3/31/17

Upcoming NAFTA renegotiation should expand telecommunications freedom of choice

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order soon that mandates review of all U.S. trade deals currently in place.  –Brookings


Starbucks to test mobile order and pay-only store at headquarters

Starbucks Corp will open a dedicated mobile order and pay store next week in its Seattle headquarters building as it tests how to best serve convenience-oriented customers, the company said in a letter to employees on Thursday.  –Reuters


FCC to vote to reform $45 billion business data market

The Republican head of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed easing regulatory requirements in the $45 billion business data services market, a win for companies like AT&T Inc, CenturyLink Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and others.  –Reuters


Facebook now lets all pages share branded content

Nearly six months after granting verified pages and profiles the ability to share branded content, Facebook is expanding the service to everyone.  –VB


FirstNet Milestone Draws Crowd of Fans, Including White House

The Commerce Department’s announcement that AT&T had been awarded the contract to build and maintain FirstNet, the interoperable broadband communications network suggested after first responder communications failures on 9/11, drew praise from various quarters this week.  –B&C


Pai to ACA: Broadband Is an ‘American’ Issue

FCC chairman Ajit Pai said that broadband is the infrastructure challenge of our time, and he sees cable operators not as an enemy of that effort but as partners in better enabling citizens to reap the benefits of the digital revolution.  –B&C


FCC Releases Instructions on Receiving Incentive and Reimbursement Payments after the Incentive Auction Closes

On March 29, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice providing instructions to full power and Class A television broadcasters and Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) on receiving incentive and/or reimbursement payments following the closure of the Incentive Auction.  –CommLawBlog


FCC Chief to Let States Approve New Lifeline Providers

The new Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission plans to let states decide which telecom providers can divvy out phone and internet subsidies to poor Americans.  –Inside Sources


Three Steps Past Galen — the Promise of a Young Century

Very likely, health care in the year 2090 will be almost unimaginable to an individual in 1990 — and vice versa. Digital technologies and other innovations will alter the doctor-patient relationship in unprecedented ways.  –Inside Sources


Is it safe to buy Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 phone?

Like it or not, Samsung’s new flagship smartphone has to save the company’s brand after last year’s exploding battery embarrassment.  –Recode


SpaceX just made history by successfully reusing a rocket

The Falcon 9 sent a satellite into space and landed back on Earth.  –Recode

Twitter is finally giving users more room to reply to other people’s tweets

Usernames no longer count toward Twitter’s signature 140-character limit.  –Recode



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. ________________________________________________________________