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

NCTA: Cable Operators Provide Equal Access to Broadband

By |2022-05-19T16:31:30-04:00May 18th, 2022|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 5-18-22 NCTA–The Internet & Television Association has told the FCC that cable operators do not discriminate in the provision of broadband service because they provide equal access, which NCTA said means “comparable deployment.” “FCC and census data demonstrate that cable operators provide equal access to broadband by deploying high-speed [...]

Big Tech Warns of Texas Fairness Doctrine for Edge

By |2022-05-19T16:30:59-04:00May 11th, 2022|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 5-11-22 A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court has lifted a preliminary injunction against a Texas law tech companies say unconstitutionally prevents online platforms from exercising editorial discretion based on viewpoint. That is according to the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which said a split panel of the [...]

Senate Commerce Okays Bill Exploring Making Big Tech Fund Broadband

By |2022-05-19T16:29:20-04:00May 11th, 2022|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 5-11-22 The Senate appears to be getting serious about making edge providers including streamers and search engines pay into the Universal Service Fund.  The USF subsidizes advanced telecommunications – essentially broadband – to low-income and hard-to-reach areas of the country. Currently, the fund is paid into by telecom providers, [...]

FCC Hands Out $200 Million More for Rural Broadband

By |2022-05-04T15:11:25-04:00May 2nd, 2022|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 5-2-22 The FCC says it has authorized another almost $200 million in rural broadband funding, bringing the total it has handed out since July 2021 in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to over $5.2 billion. The money, which comes from the FCC'’s Universal Service Program high-cost fund, will go to [...]

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Broadband Billions Shouldn’t Be Tied to Net Neutrality, GOP Tells NTIA

By |2022-05-03T21:26:01-04:00April 26th, 2022|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 4-26-22 Senate and House Republicans have advised the Biden Administration not to put any network neutrality conditions on the tens of billions of dollars in broadband subsidies being overseen by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), the president’s chief communications policy adviser. They also don’t want NTIA to [...]

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NTIA Investigating State of Mobile App Competition

By |2022-05-03T21:24:54-04:00April 22nd, 2022|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 4-22-22 The Biden Administration is seeking input on the competitiveness, or lack of it, in the mobile app marketplace. The public notice announcing a request for comment by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, the White House’s chief communications policy adviser, suggests there is an issue that needs addressing. [...]

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FCC’s Brendan Carr Slams Apple Over Allegedly Blocking VOA App in China

By |2022-05-03T21:21:36-04:00April 21st, 2022|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 4-21-22 Republican FCC Commissioner and Big Tech critic Brendan Carr says Apple is blocking Voice of America’s mobile app from its App Store in China and he wants some answers, actually a single answer, from Apple CEO Tim Cook by the end of the month. Following Cook’s speech last [...]

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U.S. Joining International Cross-Border Privacy Effort

By |2022-05-03T21:20:57-04:00April 21st, 2022|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 4-21-22 The U.S. is joining an effort to create global, cross-border privacy rules through a new Global CBPR Forum. The White House said Thursday (April 21) that the U.S. was teaming up with Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, and Chinese Taipei on a certification system [...]

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NTIA Chief Alan Davidson: State Broadband Grants Aren’t One Size Fits All

By |2022-04-20T16:13:40-04:00April 13th, 2022|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 4-13-22 Alan Davidson, head of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), said his agency is taking a customer service approach to overseeing the $42.5-billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) initiative going to the states for broadband buildouts. Each state will have a point person at NTIA to [...]

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New Book by Media Institute Distinguished Fellow Stuart N. Brotman Offers Fresh Perspectives on First Amendment From Leading Free Speech Figures

By |2022-04-07T19:13:20-04:00April 8th, 2022|Press Releases|

FOR RELEASE: April 8, 2022 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-243-5700 Arlington, Va., April 8 – The latest book by Media Institute Distinguished Fellow Stuart N. Brotman offers unique perspectives on the meaning of the First Amendment as seen through the eyes of a “who’s who” of contemporary First Amendment icons. The [...]

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