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The First Amendment & the Cable Industry: Net Neutrality and the First Amendment

September 28, 2010

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…

The First Amendment & the Cable Industry: Laying the foundation

September 20, 2010

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.

Introducing the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group

June 9, 2010

If there is any one common theme that has arisen from the years-long policy debate surrounding network neutrality, reasonable network management and preserving an open Internet experience – it’s that there is no simple solution and the entire Internet ecosystem must be engaged with a common purpose to continue providing consumers with a great Internet…

Free Press Didn’t Invent the Internet – But They Do Want to Re-Define It

May 7, 2010

Yesterday, FCC Chairman Genachowski announced his intent to launch a proceeding exploring a new regulatory framework for broadband services.  Since then, there’s been lots of commentary from industry (including our own statement here), Wall Street analysts, and pro-regulation advocates. Amidst all the storm and fury, I want to highlight an important passage in Chairman Genachowski’s…

Providers Back Web Freedom

April 9, 2010

The column below appeared today in The USA Today, as an opposing view to a USA Today editorial. Opposing view on ‘Net neutrality’: Providers back Web freedom By Kyle McSlarrow On Tuesday, a federal court struck down a Federal Communications Commission order enforcing a rule that the agency hadn’t ever actually adopted. The court’s decision…

On Net Neutrality and the First Amendment

December 9, 2009

Today, NCTA President & CEO Kyle McSlarrow gave a speech at the Media Institute, the nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy issues. Fittingly, since the Institute is very focused on issues of freedom of speech, the address focused on “net neutrality” and the First Amendment. You can read the speech here, but I thought…

Net Neutrality Debate Tonight

November 17, 2009

NCTA’s Executive Vice President, James Assey, will be participating tonight in an Oxford-style debate on net neutrality, presented by Tech Debate as part of Web 2.0 Expo New York. The participants will debate the motion “A network neutrality law is necessary.“ Arguing for the motion will be Professor Tim Wu, venture capitalist Brad Burnham and…