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Foreword
The First Amendment: Rock Star of the American Constitution

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 [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:51:40-04:00October 18th, 2017|First Amendment Trends|Comments Off on Foreword
The First Amendment: Rock Star of the American Constitution

ESA: Video Games Not To Blame for Gun Violence

By Alex Gangitano, TheHill.com, 8-6-19 The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents the $43.4-billion U.S. video game industry, pushed back on attempts to connect games with gun violence. “More than 165 million Americans enjoy video games, and billions of people play video games worldwide.  Yet other societies, where video games are played as avidly, do not contend with the [...]

By |2019-08-07T16:55:11-04:00August 6th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on ESA: Video Games Not To Blame for Gun Violence

Microsoft to FCC: Don’t Let Broadcasters Retain Adjacent Channel

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 8-6-19 While Microsoft and broadcasters have come to some meeting of the minds on use of the so-called "white spaces" between TV channels for unlicensed broadband use, the computer company remains opposed to broadcasters retaining the first channel adjacent to a TV station's channel as a buffer between [...]

By |2019-08-06T16:40:56-04:00August 6th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Microsoft to FCC: Don’t Let Broadcasters Retain Adjacent Channel

D.C. Circuit Has Chance To Apply FOIA Foreseeable Harm Standard

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Machado Amadis v. Dept. of Justice. The case presents the first opportunity for the D.C. Circuit to address the Freedom of Information Act’s new foreseeable harm standard, which [...]

By |2019-08-08T12:46:05-04:00August 6th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on D.C. Circuit Has Chance To Apply FOIA Foreseeable Harm Standard

GateHouse Media and Gannett To Merge

By Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, 8-5-19 GateHouse Media's owner and Gannett have agreed to merge in a deal aimed at cutting overlapping costs and enabling the combined company to pursue a digital transformation as the media industry grapples with the disruptive forces of online news, social media and smartphones. New Media Investment Group said Monday that [...]

By |2019-08-05T19:30:54-04:00August 5th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on GateHouse Media and Gannett To Merge

Texas Joins T-Mobile-Sprint Suit

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 8-2-19 Texas has joined a state effort to block the T-Mobile-Sprint merger, which the Department of Justice and a handful of other AGs' have agreed not to block given conditions the companies have agreed to. Those include spinning off pre-paid wireless operator Boost Mobile to Sprint in hopes [...]

By |2019-08-05T17:28:13-04:00August 2nd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Texas Joins T-Mobile-Sprint Suit

Public Interest Scrutiny for Big Tech?

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 8-1-19 National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith said the government should start applying a public interest standard to Google and Facebook and other Big Tech titans. That was in an interview for C-SPAN's Communicators series with  C-SPAN's Peter Slen and Paul Kirby, senior editor at TRDaily and [...]

By |2019-08-05T18:08:21-04:00August 1st, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Public Interest Scrutiny for Big Tech?

DOJ Says OK to T-Mobile-Sprint

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-26-19 The Justice Department, five state attorneys general, and T-Mobile-Sprint have reached an agreement on the proposed merger of the number three and four wireless carriers, conditioned on, among other things, the spin-off of Boost Mobile and some spectrum assets to DISH. According to the settlement, "T-Mobile and [...]

By |2019-07-26T15:09:38-04:00July 26th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on DOJ Says OK to T-Mobile-Sprint

FTC Levies $5 Billion Facebook Fine

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-24-19 The Federal Trade Commission has confirmed its $5 billion fine against Facebook stemming from the Cambridge Analytica debacle and, at the same time, filed suit against Cambridge Analytica and settled with a former top executive of the company and an app developer. The commission concluded that Facebook [...]

By |2019-07-24T14:50:52-04:00July 24th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FTC Levies $5 Billion Facebook Fine

DOJ Investigating Search, Social, Online Sales Giants

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-23-19 The Justice Department has made it official: It is investigating the business practices of Big Tech, which it signaled Tuesday (July 23) may be harming consumers. President Donald Trump has signaled such a review could be in the offing. The Antitrust Division, headed by Makan Delrahim, said [...]

By |2019-07-24T14:50:42-04:00July 23rd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on DOJ Investigating Search, Social, Online Sales Giants

Fred Ryan of The Washington Post and Caroline Beasley of Beasley Media Group To Be Honored at Media Institute ‘Free Speech America’ Gala

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks To Deliver Keynote Remarks at Oct. 7 Event FOR RELEASE: July 11, 2019 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-243-5700 Arlington, Va., July 11, 2019 – The Media Institute will honor Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., publisher and CEO of The Washington Post, and Caroline Beasley, chief executive officer of Beasley [...]

By |2019-07-11T15:12:55-04:00July 11th, 2019|Press Releases|Comments Off on Fred Ryan of The Washington Post and Caroline Beasley of Beasley Media Group To Be Honored at Media Institute ‘Free Speech America’ Gala