Last night, NCTA President & CEO Kyle McSlarrow received The Media Institute’s Freedom of Speech Award during the organization’s annual banquet. That honor “recognizes an individual who has made important contributions to the advancement and protection of free speech.” B&C’s John Eggerton was there and filed a report: [McSlarrow] pointed out that the Media […]
In the previous segment, we looked at how First Amendment principles manifest themselves in how the Internet should or shouldn’t be regulated. And I concluded that media – including ISPs – should be able to maximize the value of their services without rules from the government that serve to protect and promote certain speakers. But […]
In the previous segment of this series, I briefly touched on how government officials may attempt to weigh in on questions of what content the media, and cable systems, can/cannot or should/should not carry – and the harm to the public interest caused by such activity. This same principle transcends traditional technology and carries over […]
I have previously mentioned the critical role of editorial discretion in creating packages of content that serve the public interest. But not everyone agrees on the extent to which First Amendment speakers should be able to exercise their editorial discretion. Both the government and particular speakers may have interests in regulating the media that are, […]
As I described in my previous posts, it was cable television’s reliance on an “editorial discretion” model – rather than a “common carrier” model – that resulted in the rapid growth, broad diversity and attractiveness of cable’s program offerings. Cable operators and policymakers made that choice early on in cable’s development – long before the […]
During the early growth years of cable TV, as I outlined in my previous post, cable operators and programmers invented a “dual revenue” model in which revenue from subscription fees and advertising formed the platform for an eventual explosion in programming choices. The model was built – contrary to some contemporaneous calls to turn cable […]
I started this series examining the First Amendment’s impact on the development of cable TV by pointing to the tension between media outlets utilizing their rights to decide what content and points of view to present, and advocates of access to the media that seek to leverage the First Amendment to gain a platform for […]
The First Amendment is generally understood as one of the most important of our Constitutional rights, and easily understood as a right secured to individuals. But most people don’t understand how the First Amendment has played a key role in determining telecommunications policy.