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Commissioner O’Rielly Raises Another Concern about Municipal Broadband: The ‘First Amendment’

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BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: Critics of municipal involvement with broadband infrastructure will find all manner of reasons to oppose them, and this article from Motherboard elaborates on Federal Communications Commissioner Mike O’Rielly’s views about the subject. This appears to be an extension of the thinking that, just as cable networks enjoyed a First Amendment right to choose their programming partners, internet infrastructure networks have that same prerogative. Of course, this flies in the face of the arguments that big ISPs have no intention of blocking or throttling content. In fact, for the “First Amendment” argument to make sense, as applied to internet networks, these ISPs would have to be championing their right to block and throttle some types of content at the expense of others.

FCC Falsely Claims Community Broadband an ‘Ominous Threat to The First Amendment’, from Motherboard

The Trump FCC has declared towns and cities that vote to build their own broadband networks an “ominous threat to the First Amendment.”

The claims were made last week during a speech given at the telecom-funded Media Institute by FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. In his speech, O’Rielly insinuated, without evidence, that community owned and operated broadband networks would naturally result in local governments aggressively limiting American free speech rights.

“I would be remiss if my address omitted a discussion of a lesser-known, but particularly ominous, threat to the First Amendment in the age of the Internet: state-owned and operated broadband networks,” claimed O’Rielly.

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Source: FCC Falsely Claims Community Broadband an ‘Ominous Threat to The First Amendment’ – Motherboard

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FTC Divided Over Increasing Agency Jurisdiction at Congressional Hearing

FTC commissioners were split at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday at the prospects of increasing FTC jurisdiction.

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Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois.

BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: Critics of municipal involvement with broadband infrastructure will find all manner of reasons to oppose them, and this article from Motherboard elaborates on Federal Communications Commissioner Mike O’Rielly’s views about the subject. This appears to be an extension of the thinking that, just as cable networks enjoyed a First Amendment right to choose their programming partners, internet infrastructure networks have that same prerogative. Of course, this flies in the face of the arguments that big ISPs have no intention of blocking or throttling content. In fact, for the “First Amendment” argument to make sense, as applied to internet networks, these ISPs would have to be championing their right to block and throttle some types of content at the expense of others.

FCC Falsely Claims Community Broadband an ‘Ominous Threat to The First Amendment’, from Motherboard

The Trump FCC has declared towns and cities that vote to build their own broadband networks an “ominous threat to the First Amendment.”

The claims were made last week during a speech given at the telecom-funded Media Institute by FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. In his speech, O’Rielly insinuated, without evidence, that community owned and operated broadband networks would naturally result in local governments aggressively limiting American free speech rights.

“I would be remiss if my address omitted a discussion of a lesser-known, but particularly ominous, threat to the First Amendment in the age of the Internet: state-owned and operated broadband networks,” claimed O’Rielly.

[more…]

Source: FCC Falsely Claims Community Broadband an ‘Ominous Threat to The First Amendment’ – Motherboard

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Explainer: Antitrust Heats Up as Biden Selects Tech Critic Jonathan Kanter for Top Enforcement Spot

In the fourth in a series of explainers, Broadband Breakfast examines the Biden administration’s intent to bash Big Tech.

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Photo of Jonathan Kanter at the Capitol Forum by New America used with permission

BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: Critics of municipal involvement with broadband infrastructure will find all manner of reasons to oppose them, and this article from Motherboard elaborates on Federal Communications Commissioner Mike O’Rielly’s views about the subject. This appears to be an extension of the thinking that, just as cable networks enjoyed a First Amendment right to choose their programming partners, internet infrastructure networks have that same prerogative. Of course, this flies in the face of the arguments that big ISPs have no intention of blocking or throttling content. In fact, for the “First Amendment” argument to make sense, as applied to internet networks, these ISPs would have to be championing their right to block and throttle some types of content at the expense of others.

FCC Falsely Claims Community Broadband an ‘Ominous Threat to The First Amendment’, from Motherboard

The Trump FCC has declared towns and cities that vote to build their own broadband networks an “ominous threat to the First Amendment.”

The claims were made last week during a speech given at the telecom-funded Media Institute by FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. In his speech, O’Rielly insinuated, without evidence, that community owned and operated broadband networks would naturally result in local governments aggressively limiting American free speech rights.

“I would be remiss if my address omitted a discussion of a lesser-known, but particularly ominous, threat to the First Amendment in the age of the Internet: state-owned and operated broadband networks,” claimed O’Rielly.

[more…]

Source: FCC Falsely Claims Community Broadband an ‘Ominous Threat to The First Amendment’ – Motherboard

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Proposed Bill Takes Aim at Misinformation on Social Media Platforms

Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduced a bill Thursday to remove Section 230 protections for vaccine misinformation.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota

BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: Critics of municipal involvement with broadband infrastructure will find all manner of reasons to oppose them, and this article from Motherboard elaborates on Federal Communications Commissioner Mike O’Rielly’s views about the subject. This appears to be an extension of the thinking that, just as cable networks enjoyed a First Amendment right to choose their programming partners, internet infrastructure networks have that same prerogative. Of course, this flies in the face of the arguments that big ISPs have no intention of blocking or throttling content. In fact, for the “First Amendment” argument to make sense, as applied to internet networks, these ISPs would have to be championing their right to block and throttle some types of content at the expense of others.

FCC Falsely Claims Community Broadband an ‘Ominous Threat to The First Amendment’, from Motherboard

The Trump FCC has declared towns and cities that vote to build their own broadband networks an “ominous threat to the First Amendment.”

The claims were made last week during a speech given at the telecom-funded Media Institute by FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. In his speech, O’Rielly insinuated, without evidence, that community owned and operated broadband networks would naturally result in local governments aggressively limiting American free speech rights.

“I would be remiss if my address omitted a discussion of a lesser-known, but particularly ominous, threat to the First Amendment in the age of the Internet: state-owned and operated broadband networks,” claimed O’Rielly.

[more…]

Source: FCC Falsely Claims Community Broadband an ‘Ominous Threat to The First Amendment’ – Motherboard

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