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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

Media Institute Statement on Supreme Court’s Media Ownership Rule Decision

By |2021-04-02T13:37:56-04:00April 1st, 2021|Press Releases|

FOR RELEASE: April 1, 2021 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-243-5700 Arlington, Va., April 1 – Media Institute President Richard T. Kaplar issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on FCC media ownership regulation in FCC v. Prometheus Radio Project: “The Media Institute applauds the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision [...]

Supreme Court Overturns Third Circuit, Upholds Broadcast Dereg

By |2021-04-01T15:59:33-04:00April 1st, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 4-1-21In a big victory for broadcasters and the Republican FCC under Ajit Pai, the Supreme Court has reversed the Third Circuit's decision throwing out the FCC's broadcast deregulation under former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Current acting chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel had voted against the deregulatory move.In 2017, the FCC had unanimously [...]

Michael O’Rielly Appointed Senior Fellow of The Media Institute

By |2021-03-30T19:08:36-04:00March 31st, 2021|Press Releases|

Former FCC Commissioner Also Joins First Amendment Advisory Council FOR RELEASE: March 31, 2021 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-243-5700 Arlington, Va., March 31, 2020 – Michael O’Rielly, whose career as a public servant in Washington spanned more than three decades and included service in the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, [...]

Rep. Clarke Introducing Ad-Related Sec. 230 Bill

By |2021-03-26T13:16:36-04:00March 25th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-25-21 Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) said Thursday (March 25) that she will be introducing her bill next week to protect marginalized communities from harmful advertising practices. The Civil Rights Marginalization Act of 2021 would amend Sec. 230, which provides online platforms immunity from civil liability for third-party content, to ensure [...]

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Hill Continues the Big Tech CEO Punishment

By |2021-03-26T13:15:58-04:00March 25th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-25-21 CEOs from Facebook, Google, and Twitter took their licks Thursday (March 25) from both sides of the aisle in a Hill hearing entitled "Disinformation Nation: Social Media's Role in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation." Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), chair of the Consumer Protection Subcommittee, said that the one thing that [...]

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FCC’s Carr Outlines His 5G ‘Leadership Maintenance’ Plan

By |2021-03-15T20:56:13-04:00March 15th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-15-21 Signaling it was FCC policies under Republican Chairman Ajit Pai that "secured" leadership in 5G, Republican Commissioner Brendan Carr has unveiled his plan for maintaining that leadership, though with a Democratic chair and, eventually, majority, Carr has only the power to propose, not impose. In a speech to [...]

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New Federal Data Privacy Bill Introduced

By |2021-03-15T20:55:09-04:00March 10th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-10-21 Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) has introduced the Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act, which would create a federal data privacy law enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. DelBene said a patchwork of different state laws only leads to confusion and that a national standard is necessary to [...]

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Big Tech News Negotiation Antitrust Safe Harbor Bill Introduced

By |2021-03-15T20:54:02-04:00March 10th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-10-21 Political opposites Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have teamed up to try and boost the fortunes of news operations. The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act would give "news content creators" – print, broadcast, or digital – an antitrust safe harbor to negotiate collectively with digital [...]

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Bill Would Preempt State Laws Limiting Municipal Broadband

By |2021-03-15T20:49:57-04:00March 9th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-9-21 A bill has been introduced in Congress by a trio of Democrats that would remove "roadblocks" to municipal broadband buildouts by preempting state laws limiting or preventing those buildouts. The Community Broadband Act would "ensure their residents have broadband access by removing roadblocks for public-private partnerships and locally [...]

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