DONATE
>Richard T. Kaplar

About Richard T. Kaplar

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Richard T. Kaplar has created 237 blog entries.

Debate Emerges at FCC Over Its Role To Regulate E-Cigarette Ads

InsideRadio.com, 2-20-19 The Marlboro Man may no longer ride on radio and television airwaves but his modern day equivalent, e-cigarette manufacturers, largely have free rein to place their commercials on broadcast stations.  Now one member of the Federal Communications Commission thinks the time has come for the agency and its federal counterparts to update the [...]

By |2019-02-20T16:17:03+00:00February 20th, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Justice Thomas Calls for Reexamining Landmark Libel Decision

By Robert Barnes, washingtonpost.com, 2-19-19 Justice Clarence Thomas called Tuesday for reconsidering the Supreme Court’s landmark decision making it more difficult for public officials to claim defamation as the court turned down a request from an accuser of Bill Cosby. The court declined to take the case of Kathrine McKee, who accused Cosby of raping [...]

By |2019-02-20T16:17:17+00:00February 19th, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

GOP House Members Offer Trio of Net Neutrality Bills

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 2-7-19 Republicans signaled Thursday (Feb. 7) that they are offering up at least three versions of legislation that would reimpose network neutrality rules, but without doing so under Title II common carrier regs they argue are a relic of the monopoly (dial-less, black) phone based Title II common [...]

By |2019-02-11T16:10:26+00:00February 7th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on GOP House Members Offer Trio of Net Neutrality Bills

Facebook Faces Yet Another Demand From Hill

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 2-7-19 Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) are demanding answers from Facebook on its research project that incentivized teens and others to give up info (Project Atlas) and calling on Apple and Google to "do more to protect their customers from intrusive monitoring [...]

By |2019-02-11T16:10:44+00:00February 7th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Facebook Faces Yet Another Demand From Hill

Net Neutrality’s Title I vs. Title II Digital Divide Remains

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 2-7-19 The new Democratic-led House Communications Subcommittee weighed back into the still legally muddy net neutrality waters Thursday (Feb. 7), led by chairman Mike Doyle, who led the unsuccessful House effort to follow the Senate and nullify the net neutrality reg rollback under current Republican chairman Ajit Pai. [...]

By |2019-02-11T16:01:05+00:00February 7th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Net Neutrality’s Title I vs. Title II Digital Divide Remains

First Amendment and Common Law Presumption of Access

Participated in an amicus brief (with other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Bradley v. Ackal. At issue is whether a court order sealing a settlement between the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office and the minor child of an alleged victim of an unlawful officer-involved shooting violates the [...]

By |2019-02-08T16:09:44+00:00February 6th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on First Amendment and Common Law Presumption of Access

Pai: Repack Work ‘Ahead of Schedule’

By Tom Butts, TVTechnology.com, 2-6-19 GRAPEVINE, Texas – FCC Chairman Pai gave a progress report about the channel repack, touting “great progress” since work began in April 2017.  He added that the transition – which involves channel and/or location changes for approximately 1,000 full–power and Class A television broadcasters and about 2,000 low–power and translator [...]

By |2019-02-07T15:57:12+00:00February 6th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Pai: Repack Work ‘Ahead of Schedule’

Interior Dept. Proposed Rule Updates Inconsistent With FOIA

Participated in comments (with other media organizations) to the U.S. Department of the Interior, taking issue with the agency’s proposed updates to its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The comments pointed out a number of ways in which the proposed rule would place additional unwarranted and illegal burdens on requesters. In [...]

By |2019-02-04T11:15:04+00:00January 28th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Interior Dept. Proposed Rule Updates Inconsistent With FOIA

High Court Won’t Address Online Speech Liability Protection

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 1-22-19 In a victory for online re-publishers of others' content – in this case specifically online review platform Yelp – the Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a California Supreme Court decision (Hassell vs. Bird) that Yelp was protected from liability under the Communications Decency [...]

By |2019-01-23T13:54:49+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on High Court Won’t Address Online Speech Liability Protection

Journalists Press for Shield Law

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 1-18-19 The National Association of Broadcasters has joined with other groups in the News Media for Open Government(NMOG) coalition to press the new Congress to better protect journalists, including the long-sought federal shield law that has been introduced in numerous Congresses over the past couple of decades. In [...]

By |2019-01-22T14:58:35+00:00January 18th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Journalists Press for Shield Law