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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 |2019-02-11T16:01:05-05:00February 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 |2019-02-08T16:09:44-05:00February 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 |2019-02-07T15:57:12-05:00February 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 |2019-02-04T11:15:04-05:00January 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 |2019-01-23T13:54:49-05:00January 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 |2019-01-22T14:58:35-05:00January 18th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Journalists Press for Shield Law

FCC Spectrum Auction Gets Pumped

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 1-17-19 The FCC has apparently pumped new life into the 28 GHz spectrum auction. The first round after it moved to stage three Jan. 15, with bidders required to bid on eligible licenses unless they had a waiver—produced $0 in new bidding money. But since then it has [...]

By |2019-01-22T14:58:22-05:00January 17th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC Spectrum Auction Gets Pumped

Bill Bailey of Walt Disney Co. Joins Media Institute Board

FOR RELEASE: January 8, 2019 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-243-5700 Arlington, Va., January 8, 2019 – Bill Bailey, vice president of government relations for The Walt Disney Company, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Media Institute, it was announced today by Institute President Richard T. Kaplar. Bailey is responsible [...]

By |2019-01-08T13:24:25-05:00January 8th, 2019|Press Releases|Comments Off on Bill Bailey of Walt Disney Co. Joins Media Institute Board

Appeals Court: Elected Officials Cannot Silence Critics on Social Media

By Ann E. Marimow, washingtonpost.com, 1-7-19 An elected official in Virginia violated the First Amendment when she temporarily blocked a constituent on Facebook, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, in a novel case with implications for how government officials nationwide interact with constituents on social media. The unanimous ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals [...]

By |2019-01-08T18:14:11-05:00January 7th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Appeals Court: Elected Officials Cannot Silence Critics on Social Media

H.R. 1 Boosts TV Campaign Ad Disclosures

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 1-4-19 Co-opting the "clean up Washington" mantra of the current Republican President and the "by the people, for the people" language of a former Republican president, House Democrats Friday (Jan. 4) officially unveiled their first bill of the new session, the For the People Act (H.R. 1), which [...]

By |2019-01-07T18:54:45-05:00January 4th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on H.R. 1 Boosts TV Campaign Ad Disclosures