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NTIA Survey Confirms Shift Toward Online Video

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-21-19 A clear majority of viewers do at least some of their video watching online rather than, or in addition to, broadcast or cable. That is according to the analysis of 2017 numbers crunched by the Trump Administration's top communications advisory arm, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration [...]

By |2019-05-22T15:09:14-04:00May 21st, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on NTIA Survey Confirms Shift Toward Online Video

FCC Poised To OK T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-21-19 The reconfigured T-Mobile-Sprint deal appears to have the three votes needed to secure approval by the five-member FCC. That came after the companies volunteered a revised list of conditions that included divesting Boost Mobile, the low-cost prepaid wireless subsidiary; building out high-speed 5G wireless service to most [...]

By |2019-05-22T15:06:52-04:00May 21st, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC Poised To OK T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

Improper Seizure of Journalist’s Work Product and Materials

Participated in an amicus letter (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of San Francisco in In Re: Ex Parte Application of Non-Party Journalist Bryan Carmody. The brief supports a motion by Carmody to compel the return of protected work product, [...]

By |2019-05-28T14:19:54-04:00May 21st, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Improper Seizure of Journalist’s Work Product and Materials

Search and Seizure of Journalists’ Work Products at Issue in U.K. Case

Participated in an intervenors/amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Belfast High Court in In re Fine Point Films & Trevor Birney. The case concerns filmmakers Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, who were arrested for referencing an unpublished draft of a government report they received anonymously in their film [...]

By |2019-05-21T17:13:53-04:00May 16th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Search and Seizure of Journalists’ Work Products at Issue in U.K. Case

Transit System Ad Policy Is Unconstitutionally Vague

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in CIR v. SEPTA. This case concerns a policy of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (“SEPTA”) that bans certain advertisements on the Philadelphia-area transit system based on their content. The brief [...]

By |2019-05-21T17:13:03-04:00May 14th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Transit System Ad Policy Is Unconstitutionally Vague

HHS Mandates Price Disclosures on DTC Drug Ads

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-9-19 Drug companies will have to disclose the list price to patients for prescription drugs and biological products in their TV (broadcast, cable and satellite) and online ads.  That is according to a final rule published by the Department of Health and Human Services, part of the Trump [...]

By |2019-05-10T12:20:40-04:00May 9th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on HHS Mandates Price Disclosures on DTC Drug Ads

NTIA’s Redl: Days of Easy Spectrum Decisions Are Over

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-7-19 National Telecommunications & Information Administration Administrator David Redl said the country needs to change its approach to spectrum policy.  One way to do that, a new national spectrum strategy he is helping implement, should be out soon, he said this week.  But he also said another big [...]

By |2019-05-07T15:29:10-04:00May 7th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on NTIA’s Redl: Days of Easy Spectrum Decisions Are Over

Public Has First Amendment Right To Photograph Police Performance

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Frasier v. Evans. The case deals with the fact that members of the public possess a qualified right, grounded in the First Amendment, to photograph and record police in public [...]

By |2019-05-08T15:16:14-04:00May 6th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Public Has First Amendment Right To Photograph Police Performance

Sen. Hawley Blasts Social Media as Unproductive ‘Peril’

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-3-19 First-year senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who has made hammering Big Tech his signature issue, provided a Hoover Institute audience Thursday with a dystopian view of social media as an addiction that imperils its users and "sucks" the brightest minds to the coasts – abandoning flyover country – [...]

By |2019-05-06T17:13:06-04:00May 3rd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Sen. Hawley Blasts Social Media as Unproductive ‘Peril’

DOJ’s Delrahim Provides Road Map to Ad Market Review

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-2-19 Department of Justice antitrust chief Makan Delrahim provided a number of breadcrumbs that broadcasters and advertisers can follow on the trail to what changes DOJ may or may not make to its view of the competitive advertising market when it comes to merger reviews. Justice and the [...]

By |2019-05-06T17:13:17-04:00May 2nd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on DOJ’s Delrahim Provides Road Map to Ad Market Review