House Passes Infrastructure Bill with Broadband Billions

By |2021-11-17T21:51:26-04:00November 5th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 11-5-21 After much debate and negotiation among progressive and moderate Democrats, the House voted late Friday (Nov. 5) to approve the $1.2-trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) that includes tens of billions of dollars for broadband, including grants to all the states and territories and for middle-mile [...]

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Robert Corn-Revere Traces Evolution of Censorship in America And the ‘Censor’s Dilemma’ Amid First Amendment Protections

By |2021-11-04T13:39:11-04:00November 4th, 2021|Press Releases|

‘The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder’ Offers Lessons for Today FOR RELEASE: November 4, 2021 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-243-5700 Arlington, Va., November 4, 2021 – A new book by noted First Amendment attorney Robert Corn-Revere takes a wide-ranging look at how censors have operated since the [...]

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House Republicans Tag Team on Privacy Bill Draft

By |2021-11-17T21:49:41-04:00November 3rd, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 11-3-21 A pair of House Energy & Commerce Committee Republicans on Tuesday (Nov. 3) unveiled a discussion draft of national privacy legislation, the Control Our Data Act, which would establish a “national privacy standard,” and they are drafting every GOP member of the Consumer Protection Subcommittee to work on [...]

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NCTA to FCC: More Internet of Things Spectrum Is Critical

By |2021-11-17T21:46:36-04:00November 2nd, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 11-2-21 Cable broadband operators said the Federal Communications Commission needs to free up more spectrum to handle the explosion of internet of things (IoT) devices, including everything from smart thermostats and locks to garage-door openers and refrigerators. The FCC sought comment on the once-and-future spectrum needs of IoT.  NCTA–The [...]

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House To Mark Up Communications Bills

By |2021-11-17T21:44:28-04:00November 1st, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 11-1-21 The House Energy & Commerce Committee plans to mark up two communications and technology bills this week. Those would be H.R. 1281, the Data Mapping to Save Moms Act, and H.R. 2501, the Spectrum Coordination Act. House E&C Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Communications Subcommittee Chairman Mike [...]

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Build Back Better Includes $1 Billion-Plus for Broadband

By |2021-11-30T15:38:25-04:00October 29th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-29-21 While most of the new federal money for broadband – some $65 billion – is in the infrastructure bill whose fate is tied to President Joe Biden‘s $1.7 trillion-plus Build Back Better legislative package, that package also has more than $1 billion for various better broadband building programs. [...]

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Congress Bans FCC Licenses to Suspect Tech

By |2021-11-30T15:37:23-04:00October 28th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-28-21 In a move that is a big blow to some big tech companies, Congress has voted to ban new equipment licenses for Chinese telecoms Huawei, ZTE, and any other technology company the government concludes poses a national security threat, closing what one of the bill's sponsors called a [...]

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Netflix Says Its Algorithms Are Protected Under First Amendment

By |2021-11-30T15:36:29-04:00October 28th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By Daniel Frankel, Multichannel News, 10-28-21 On the same week that it was reported that Netflix tweaked its search algorithms a year ago to hide French film Cuties and quash a controversy surrounding the movie, it's now been revealed that Netflix has declared that its algorithms are protected by the First Amendment. Netflix is [...]

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FCC Pulls Plug on China Telecom Americas

By |2021-11-30T15:34:00-04:00October 26th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-26-21 The Federal Communications Commission has voted to revoke the authority of China Telecom Americas to provide telecommunications services between the U.S. and other countries. “The commission’s public-interest analysis finds that the present and future public interest, convenience, and necessity is no longer served by China Telecom Americas’ retention [...]

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Sen. Blumenthal: Facebook Chronically Ignores Internal Alarms

By |2021-11-30T15:28:13-04:00October 26th, 2021|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-26-21 Based on new documents from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen (being dubbed “The Facebook Papers”), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), chair of the Senate Consumer Protection Subcommittee, said it was just more evidence that the social media platform has “chronically ignored serious internal alarms.” Blumenthal has called on Facebook to [...]

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