Media & Communications Policy

Media & Communications Policy

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

Tag Archives: net neutrality

The First Amendment and Free Speech Under Assault

Posted in Campus Speech, First Amendment, Free speech, Journalism, Network Neutrality, Uncategorized
If you’re not alarmed by the assault on the First Amendment and free speech generally, you’re not paying attention. Consider the list of offenses committed by the government.  They range, in recent times, from the Department of Justice’s spying on the phone records of reporters at the Associated Press, to the National Security Administration’s domestic… Continue Reading

Net Vitality Should Be the Cornerstone of U.S. Broadband Policy

Posted in Broadband, Digital technology, FCC, Media Regulation, Network Neutrality, Uncategorized
By guest blogger PROF. STUART N. BROTMAN, faculty member at Harvard Law School and author of the study Net Vitality: Identifying the Top-Tier Global Broadband Internet Leaders published by The Media Institute.  Prof. Brotman is a member of the Institute’s Global Internet Freedom Advisory Council.  The full version of this article appeared in The Hill… Continue Reading

The FCC’s Wheeler of Fortune

Posted in Broadband, Broadcasting, Digital technology, FCC, Media Regulation, Network Neutrality, Uncategorized
LAS VEGAS – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s speech yesterday to broadcasters attending the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show here dealt primarily with broadcast-specific subjects.  But as expected, he also used the occasion to tout the Commission’s new Open Internet Order, arguing that broadcasters should support it because, like the must-carry rules,… Continue Reading

Is This What Net Neutrality Is Really About?

Posted in Broadband, Content Controls, Digital technology, FCC, First Amendment, Media Regulation, Network Neutrality, New Media, Uncategorized
Recent congressional hearings held in the wake of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality ruling provide a glimpse into what is so deeply wrong with this regulation, and why so many activist groups were behind it. It’s an aspect of this matter of which you were perhaps unaware while the FCC was considering its… Continue Reading

Who’s Behind the Push for Net Neutrality?

Posted in Digital technology, FCC, Media Regulation, Network Neutrality, Uncategorized
If “net neutrality” were a life form, it would be classified as a simple organism.  And that lack of complexity, as it happens, is its very appeal to certain “progressives,” garden-variety regulators, and large Internet companies, who see in government regulation of the Internet opportunities to cement and extend their franchises. The brave and gifted… Continue Reading

‘Forbearing’ the Constitution: Net Neutrality and the FCC

Posted in Broadband, First Amendment, Media Regulation, Network Neutrality, Uncategorized
So the latest word is that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a branch of government that, amusingly, is still referred to as an “independent” agency, is about to enact so-called net neutrality regulations under Title II of the Communications Act. This, because according to its fans at the Commission, such regulations are needed in order… Continue Reading

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