High Court Struggles on Whether Officials May Block Social Media Critics

By |2023-11-01T13:19:12-04:00October 31st, 2023|Issue Watch|

By Ann E. Marimow, washingtonpost.com, 10-31-23 The Supreme Court on Oct. 31 struggled to agree on how to determine when public officials can block critics from their private social media accounts, reviewing two cases that will have broad implications for citizen interactions with politicians online. All nine justices seemed to acknowledge the challenge and importance [...]

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Biden Signs Sweeping Artificial Intelligence Executive Order

By |2023-10-30T19:40:01-04:00October 30th, 2023|Issue Watch|

By Cristiano Lima and Cat Zakrzewski, washingtonpost.com, 10-30-23 President Biden signed a sweeping artificial intelligence executive order on Oct. 30, marking the U.S. government’s most ambitious attempt to spur innovation and address concerns the burgeoning technology could exacerbate bias, displace workers, and undermine national security. The sprawling order tackles a broad array of issues, [...]

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Media Institute Announces Major New Initiative: ‘The Madison Project: Free Speech and Press in American Democracy’

By |2023-10-25T15:53:08-04:00October 25th, 2023|Press Releases|

High-Impact Project Will Examine Profound Shifts in Information Flow FOR RELEASE: October 25, 2023 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-506-8030 Vienna, Va., October 25, 2023 – The Media Institute has announced a major new initiative that will explore the future of free speech, freedom of the press, and the First Amendment in American [...]

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FCC Reasserts Authority Over Internet Access

By |2023-10-26T14:51:13-04:00October 19th, 2023|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-19-23 The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to begin the process of giving utility-style authority to regulate broadband access by reclassifying broadband as a Title II telecommunications service subject to some common-carrier regulations and then restoring bright-line rules against blocking, throttling and paid prioritization…. Broadband access is currently [...]

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Media Institute To Honor Author Bob Woodward and Cable Leader Michael Powell At ‘Free Speech America’ Gala in Washington on Oct. 19

By |2023-10-12T17:06:32-04:00October 18th, 2023|Press Releases|

Event Coincides With Nationwide Celebration of Free Speech Week Oct. 16-22 FOR RELEASE: October 18, 2023 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-506-8030 Vienna, Va., October 18, 2023 – The Media Institute will bestow awards on best-selling author Bob Woodward, associate editor of The Washington Post, and former FCC chairman Michael Powell, president and [...]

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Supreme Court To Hear Case That Could Weaken FCC

By |2023-10-26T14:49:06-04:00October 13th, 2023|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-13-23 The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case early next year that could impact how much regulatory discretion the FCC has over the communications industry. The court agreed Friday to hear Relentless Inc., et al. v. Dept. of Commerce, et al., a case about federal fishing rules…. The [...]

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Donald E. Graham of Graham Holdings and Nilda Gumbs of NCTA To Present Awards at Media Institute’s ‘Free Speech America’ Gala on Oct. 19

By |2023-09-27T15:47:48-04:00September 27th, 2023|Press Releases|

Bob Woodward of The Washington Post, Michael Powell of NCTA To Be Honored; NAB President & CEO Curtis LeGeyt To Be Featured Speaker FOR RELEASE: September 27, 2023 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-506-8030 Vienna, Va., September 27, 2023 – The long-time publisher of The Washington Post and a veteran Washington advocate [...]

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Obama Legal Vets: FCC Should Not Restore Net Neutrality Rules

By |2023-09-21T15:59:09-04:00September 20th, 2023|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-20-23 Two former Obama-era solicitors general are arguing the FCC should not restore network neutrality rules eliminated under Republican Chair Ajit Pai. In a new paper co-written by Donald B. Verrilli Jr. and Ian Heath Gershengorn, the veteran legal minds advise that the Federal Communications Commission does not have [...]

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New Bill ‘Attacks’ Big Tech Over Targeted Advertising

By |2023-09-21T18:28:59-04:00September 18th, 2023|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-18-23 House and Senate Democrats have introduced a bill that could take a bite out of Big Tech’s online advertising marketplace by banning so-called surveillance advertising. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), one of the bill’s co-sponsors, made it clear that the bill was clearly aimed at hitting Big Tech in [...]

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Republicans Slam Biden Broadband Subsidy Program as Misguided, Wasteful

By |2023-09-21T17:14:39-04:00September 15th, 2023|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-15-23 Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee have released a report they said shows that the Biden Administration’s $42-billion-plus Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program is duplicative of other subsidy programs and ripe for waste, fraud, and abuse, like doling out money to serve unserved locations at the [...]

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