Foreword
The First Amendment: Rock Star of the American Constitution

By |2018-09-27T16:51:40-04:00October 18th, 2017|First Amendment Trends|

By Floyd Abrams...  American First Amendment law, former United States solicitor general and associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Charles Fried has rightly said, “is the most libertarian and speech protective of any liberal democratic regime.” As such, its consequences and implications are profound. The exceptionalism of the United States in the [...]

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The First Amendment: Rock Star of the American Constitution

Bill Would Use Tax Breaks To Boost Local Journalism

By |2021-07-26T20:54:47-04:00July 23rd, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 7-23-21 A group of senators has introduced the Local Journalism Sustainability Act of 2021, which would provide tax credits for hiring more journalists, for people subscribing to media outlets, and for small businesses that will support local media with advertising dollars. The goal is to “revive and sustain trusted [...]

Sen. Klobuchar Seeks Section 230 Carveout for COVID-19 Misinformation

By |2021-07-27T13:21:55-04:00July 22nd, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 7-22-21 Under a proposed new law, if an algorithm used by platforms like Twitter or Facebook promotes vaccine misinformation and disinformation on their sites, edge providers will be considered publishers of that content, and thus liable for it. With vaccine/COVID-19 misinformation a hot topic in D.C. and at the [...]

New Bill Would Explore Making Netflix, Other Edge Providers, Pay Into Universal Service Fund

By |2021-07-26T23:03:46-04:00July 22nd, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 7-22-21 A trio of Republicans has introduced a bill that would require the FCC to consider levying Universal Service Fund broadband subsidy fees on Big Tech edge providers including video streaming giants Netflix and YouTube. There have been periodic calls to expand the USF contribution base given that it [...]

FTC Votes To Toughen Antitrust Review Policy

By |2021-07-26T23:02:36-04:00July 21st, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 7-21-21 The Federal Trade Commission has voted along party lines to rescind its policy statement that it would not require prior notice and approval of mergers undertaken by companies that have settled FTC complaints against previous proposed mergers. Under that policy, the FTC was still able to require either [...]

Khan FTC Stakes Out New Regulatory Process Ground

By |2021-07-26T23:00:45-04:00July 21st, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 7-21-21 It has not taken long for new Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan to signal big FTC process changes are coming, including by starting to hold public meeting – as the FCC has always done – and circulating some proposals for public perusal, though not enough and with [...]

NCTA: Biden Broadband Bucks Should Not Favor Government Nets

By |2021-07-26T23:04:41-04:00July 21st, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 7-21-21 Cable broadband operators are OK with most of the Treasury Department’s framework for handing out billions of dollars in broadband deployment and adoption funds via the state and local COVID-19 Fiscal Recovery Funds in the American Rescue Plan, but definitely not prioritizing government owned or operated networks when [...]

House Passes Media Diversity Bills

By |2021-07-21T14:24:05-04:00July 20th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 7-20-21 The House passed a bill and a resolution July 20 aimed at achieving greater media diversity. The votes on each were 319-105 – they were part of a bloc vote on a handful of communications-related bills. H.R. 1754, the MEDIA (Measuring the Economics Driving Investments and Access) Diversity [...]

Biden Administration, Allies, Accuse China of Microsoft Exchange Server Hack

By |2021-07-20T17:23:18-04:00July 19th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 7-19-21 The U.S., joined by NATO and the European Union, is accusing China of contracting with criminal hackers to conduct global cyber extortion, crypto currency hijacking, and theft around the world, including the cyber campaign against the Microsoft Exchange Server exposed in March. That’s according to a senior administration [...]

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