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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

New Republican Members Named to House Energy & Commerce

By |2021-01-15T20:38:54-04:00January 14th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-14-21 The House Republican Steering Committee has picked eight new Republicans to joint the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has principal jurisdiction over communications issues and the FCC. One of those will fill the slot of retiring former Republican ranking member Greg Walden (R-Ore.). New ranking member Cathy [...]

No Action on Sec. 230, Says FCC’s Ajit Pai

By |2021-01-15T21:35:48-04:00January 8th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-8-21 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he is not planning on issuing a rulemaking on Section 230 before he exits the Commission Jan. 20. He also said of the violence at the Capitol this week that it was a "terrible mistake" for the president to suggest the results of [...]

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Democrats Poised To Re-Take Senate

By |2021-01-15T20:32:46-04:00January 6th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-6-21 If Democrats have their way, and holding majorities in the House and Senate and with their team in the White House, the careening of net neutrality rules between the courts and FCC could stop, but with legislation that establishes broadband access as a Title II service subject to [...]

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Talks Up Using ‘Hard’ Power To Combat Network Threats

By |2021-01-15T21:37:05-04:00January 5th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-5-21 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai drew a sharp distinction between how the previous Democratic administration treated China and the current one when it comes to communications equipment and networks. That came in remarks at "A Conversation with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai" web event at the Center for Strategic and [...]

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FCC Seeks Help Handing Out Billions in COVID-19 Broadband Aid

By |2021-01-06T22:06:40-04:00January 4th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-4-21 The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau is seeking input on how to hand out over $3 billion in new broadband benefits created by Congress in the recently passed package of appropriations and COVID-19 aid funds. The $3.2-billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program was created to help low-income households access the [...]

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Media Institute Statement on Richard Bates of Walt Disney Co.

By |2021-01-04T12:45:02-04:00January 2nd, 2021|Press Releases|

FOR RELEASE: January 2, 2021 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-243-5700 Arlington, Va., January 2, 2021 – Media Institute President Richard T. Kaplar issued the following statement on the passing of Richard Bates of The Walt Disney Co.: “Richard Bates was a valued member of The Media Institute’s Board of Trustees from [...]

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Sen. McConnell Ties $2,000 COVID Checks to Section 230

By |2020-12-31T22:09:52-04:00December 30th, 2020|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 12-30-20 Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled Dec. 30 that the Senate would not be voting on the House-passed Bill (H.R. 9051) providing $2,000 COVID-19 relief check – a figure suggested by President Trump – essentially adding the poison pill of Sec. 230 to any vote on such relief, something Democrats [...]

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