Media & Communications Policy

Media & Communications Policy

Issues & Developments in the Realm of Communications and Media Policy & the First Amendment

Tag Archives: net neutrality

The ITU and the Internet

Posted in Digital technology, FCC, Free speech, International Jurisdiction, Media Regulation, Network Neutrality
In 1971, when China was first admitted to the United Nations, William Rusher quipped that it was "a case of loosing a China in the bullshop." Such is the first thought that comes to mind in reflection on the latest bit of mischief to issue from the UN, in this case courtesy of that body's International Telecommunications Union (ITU)… Continue Reading

The Truth Behind Google’s Copyright-Bills Hysteria

Posted in Copyright, Digital technology, FCC, First Amendment, Media Legislation, New Media
Though the final chapter in the legislative history of the copyright bills hasn’t yet been written, a couple things are obvious even now: The tech industry has demonstrated great political clout through the mobilization of its users and fan base; and the industry lobby, led by Google, will say and do pretty much anything to … Continue Reading

Rationalizing Theft: The Technology Lobby’s Attack on Copyright Legislation

Posted in Copyright, Digital technology, FCC, First Amendment, Network Neutrality
The technology crowd’s objections to the copyright protection bills, now moving their way through Congress, put one in mind of H.L. Mencken’s crack that criticism is prejudice made plausible.  This, because that industry’s leaders, scribes, and think tanks uniformly oppose every legislative initiative aimed at protecting copyrighted content, even as they frequently give lip service … Continue Reading

Funding Net Neutrality … And Worse

Posted in FCC, Network Neutrality
There are so many things wrong with the FCC’s codified “net neutrality” rules, the kindest thing one can say about those responsible is that they were all born yesterday.  But criticism of this monstrosity abounds already, and given the potential for it to be wholly or partly undone by the courts or Congress, no further … Continue Reading

The Intrinsic Menace in ‘Media Reform’

Posted in FCC, First Amendment
Christian theologians refer to the first three books of the New Testament as the synoptic gospels.  This, because of their similarities in content and order.  The new religion of “media reform,” whose principal tenet is that government needs to “save” journalism, is developing its own synoptic gospels – the gospel according to the Knight Foundation, … Continue Reading

Obama and the Media, Part I

Posted in Content Controls, Media Consolidation, Media Regulation
Writing in Broadcasting & Cable as chairman of the American Business Leadership Institute, the gifted Adonis Hoffman*       suggests that business has nothing to fear from an Obama Administration.  Some early tests of Hoffman’s thesis will come in that corner of the nation’s economy that we care about most — the media and communications sector.  … Continue Reading

Obama Names FCC Transition Team

Posted in FCC, Media Regulation
President-elect Obama has named the members of his FCC transition team.  They are Professors Kevin Werbach and Susan Crawford. Here is an election day post from Mr. Werbach’s weblog, and an earlier one in criticism of John McCain’s technology plan. Susan Crawford’s blog also yields two interesting items — one in re the "white spaces" … Continue Reading