FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gave a wide-ranging presentation looking back on the Commission’s accomplishments during his four years as Chairman and looking ahead to issues the Commission will face.  The most pressing …

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The House Republican Steering Committee has picked eight new Republicans to joint the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he has some issues with the permanent bans on President Trump’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. In response to a question on

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Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and a baker’s dozen Democratic members of the California congressional delegation have called on attorney general nominee

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Informed and thoughtful commentary on a variety of First Amendment and communications policy issues.

As 2021 begins, one source of optimism from Congress was the recent enactment of much-needed legislation to expand broadband network availability into

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One can scarcely remember the time, only a few short decades ago, when life moved along without the array of personal digital …

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First Amendment Values and a Voice for Everyone
By Guest Author David L. Cohen

In the 40 years since The Media Institute began, it’s difficult to recall a national environment quite like the one we’re in today. Basic principles of free speech …

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Media Institute President Richard T. Kaplar issued the following statement on the passing of Richard Bates of The Walt Disney Co.:

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Digital advertising has fueled the explosive growth in Internet content including news and information, and thus plays a significant role in furthering First Amendment principles of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

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Media Institute President Richard T. Kaplar issued the following statement in response to the announcement by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that he plans to depart the FCC on Jan. 20, 2021:

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The Institute participated with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and other media groups recently in the following friend-of-the-court briefs.

Free Expression Should Generally Outweigh Right To Be Forgotten

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Hyperlinking Is Not Republication for Statute-of-Limitations Purposes

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Dispersal Orders Cannot Infringe Journalists’ First Amendment Rights

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From our blog, “A Better Way to Close the Digital Divide” by @stuartnbrotman, author and distinguished fellow at @TheMediaInst https://www.mediacompolicy.org/2021/01/11/a-better-way-to-close-the-digital-divide/

We are very saddened by this news. A member of our board of trustees, Richard was a wonderful colleague and friend of @TheMediaInst - like he was to so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/richard-bates-disney-dead-70-government-relations-1234877667/

Thanks to @TheMediaInst for letting me share my views on @FCC media reforms since 2017 and my prescriptions for the future! We've done much to match our rules to today's marketplace, but an even more fundamental re-assessment of outdated laws is needed. https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-368777A1.pdf

Media Institute Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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A collection of timely articles and essays on current developments by members of The Media Institute’s First Amendment Advisory Council.

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2020 ‘FREE SPEECH AMERICA’ GALA

A Virtual Event  |  October 14, 2020

The Media Institute honored two distinguished awardees at our virtual “Free Speech America” Gala on October 14, 2020: David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, and Mignon Clyburn, former FCC Commissioner and Acting Chairwoman. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr delivered keynote remarks.

‘FSA’ Gala
2020 Video

October 18-24, 2021

Free Speech Week is a yearly,
non-partisan celebration of the value of
free speech and expression.

Free Speech: The Language of America
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