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WiFi Stakeholders High Five FCC 5.9 GHz Item

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 11-18-20 The FCC was getting kudos from WiFi fans and stakeholders for its unanimous decision Wednesday (Nov. 18) to open up 45 MHz of midband spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band for unlicensed use. Those included the cable operators for whom WiFi hot-spots are their primary mobile broadband play. “We [...]

By |2020-11-19T14:39:56-04:00November 18th, 2020|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Photographer’s First Amendment Rights Violated by New York Police

Participated with the Reporters Committee and 22 other media organizations and outlets in a letter to the New York City mayor and law enforcement officials concerning the arrest of Chae Kihn, an independent photographer who was tackled by multiple NYPD officers, arrested, and charged with obstructing traffic in the lawful course of her reporting.  [...]

By |2020-11-19T14:25:57-04:00November 6th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Photographer’s First Amendment Rights Violated by New York Police

Releasing Business Names Would Not Violate Patient Confidentiality

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Circuit Court of Waukesha County, Wisc., in Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce v. Evers.  This case concerns the Wisconsin Department of Public Health’s plan to release the names of businesses where at least two employees had tested positive for COVID-19.  [...]

By |2020-11-13T20:08:26-04:00November 6th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Releasing Business Names Would Not Violate Patient Confidentiality

Charges Against Reporter Covering Protest Should Be Dropped

Participated with the Reporters Committee and 25 other media organizations and outlets in a letter to the Graham (N.C.) Police Department and Alamance County District Attorney’s Office urging that charges against reporter Tomas Murawski be dropped.  Murawski was covering a demonstration for the Alamance News when he was forcibly arrested by Graham police officers [...]

By |2020-11-13T20:07:24-04:00November 4th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Charges Against Reporter Covering Protest Should Be Dropped

Law Enforcement Disciplinary Records Should Be Released

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Uniformed Fire Officers Association v. De Blasio.  This case concerns increased access to the disciplinary records of New York City law enforcement officers following repeal of a statutory provision.  The [...]

By |2020-11-11T21:37:20-04:00October 29th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Law Enforcement Disciplinary Records Should Be Released

O’Rielly Calls Government 5G Net Horrible Idea

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-29-20 In his last speech as an FCC commissioner, Michael O'Rielly took aim at another Trump Administration proposal – a government-issue 5G network. O'Rielly is having to leave the commission because President Trump withdrew his nomination, a move most believe stemmed from the commissioner's criticism of the president's effort [...]

By |2020-11-01T20:50:23-04:00October 29th, 2020|Issue Watch|Comments Off on O’Rielly Calls Government 5G Net Horrible Idea

News Blogger Should Be Covered by New Jersey Shield Law

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Superior Court Law Division in Ocean County, New Jersey, in Schwab v. Klein.  This case arises from a defamation action against several defendants, including Klein, brought by a local businessman and business based on posts on the websites jleaks and [...]

By |2020-11-11T21:37:47-04:00October 28th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on News Blogger Should Be Covered by New Jersey Shield Law

House Democrats Press Pai on Section 230 Item

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-28-20 The Democratic leadership of the House Energy & Commerce Committee said the FCC has some explaining to do about Chairman Ajit Pai's decision to act on the Trump Administration's request that it find a way to regulate social media, platforms Republicans argue are using their Section 230 liability [...]

By |2020-10-31T11:48:33-04:00October 28th, 2020|Issue Watch|Comments Off on House Democrats Press Pai on Section 230 Item

Sen. Warner: GOP Trying To Cow Tech Platforms

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-28-20 Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), co-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee that investigated Russian election meddling, took issue with the Commerce Committee's hearing with Big Tech CEOs Wednesday (Oct. 28). He joined a growing chorus of Democrats on that Commerce Committee who, during that hearing, branded it a sham [...]

By |2020-10-31T11:51:45-04:00October 28th, 2020|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Sen. Warner: GOP Trying To Cow Tech Platforms
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