Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom

Luncheon Speakers

Jonathan Spalter, president and CEO of USTelecom, discussed the challenges of achieving universal connectivity, the need for industry-government partnerships to facilitate broadband buildout, and the …  Read More »

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FCC Nominee Gigi Sohn Bows Out

Democratic FCC nominee Gigi Sohn has asked President Joe Biden to withdraw her nomination after battling for most of two years against a concerted effort  …  Read More »

Supreme Court Appears Troubled by Argument Challenging Section 230

The Supreme Court has officially waded into the white-hot debate over how much Section 230 liability protection the law provides Big Tech for its online  …  Read More »

Lone GOP FTC Commissioner Christine Wilson To Resign

The Federal Trade Commission’s only Republican commissioner, Christine Wilson, is resigning “soon,” but has said it is not over policy differences with chair  …  Read More »

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

A Ray of Hope for Media Literacy
By Stuart N. Brotman

Although the tidal wave of misinformation continues unabated, the New Year already has seen one ray of hope. In early January, New Jersey Gov. Phil …  Read More »

Let C-SPAN Have Unrestricted Camera Access to U.S. House Proceedings
By Stuart N. Brotman

After the chaotic process that led to the 15th-round election of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, there  …  Read More »

Why Elon Musk’s Digital Town Square Model for Twitter Remains Elusive
By Stuart N. Brotman

When Elon Musk acquired Twitter in October, he sent a prominent virtue signal.  Musk indicated that under his ownership, Twitter would be “a common digital  …  Read More »

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 and letter.

Intervention by Media Outlets To Challenge Access Restrictions Is Essential

Physician’s Public-Official Status Is Key Under California Anti-SLAPP Law

Identities of State University Committee Members Should Be Public

TMI Board Chairman Dick Wiley (right) received the 2023 Edward F. McLaughlin Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America (BFOA) at the Plaza Hotel in New York on March 6, 2023. Pictured with Dick is BFOA Chairman Scott Herman.

(photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

Media Institute Celebrates 40th Anniversary

View this short video about the Institute – past, present, future.

Free Speech Week website

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

October 16-22, 2023


A VIRTUAL EVENT         OCTOBER 19, 2022

The Institute’s “Free Speech America” Gala took place on October 19, 2022, in virtual format. We honored Lester Holt with our Freedom of Speech Award and Ken Burns with our American Horizon Award. FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington was our Featured Speaker.

Lester Holt

Lester Holt
“NBC Nightly News” Anchor and Managing Editor
Freedom of Speech Award

Ken Burns

Ken Burns
Documentary Filmmaker
American Horizon Award

Nathan Simington

Nathan Simington
FCC Commissioner
Featured Speaker

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