Category Archives: First Amendment

The First Amendment Is Not a Sword, but a Shield

  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 […]

The First Amendment & the Cable Industry: A better way

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 […]

The First Amendment & the Cable Industry: The Supreme Court weighs in

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 […]