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State Net Neutrality, Daniel A. Lyons Oct 2019

State Net Neutrality, Daniel A. Lyons

Daniel Lyons

For nearly a century, state regulators played an important role in telecommunications regulation. The 1934 Communications Act gave the Federal Communications Commission authority to regulate interstate telephone service, but explicitly left intrastate calls—which comprised 98% of Depression-era telephone traffic—to state public utility commissions. By the late 2000s, however, as landline telephony faded to obscurity, scholars and policymakers alike recognized that the era of comprehensive state telecommunications regulation had largely come to an end.

Perhaps surprisingly, however, the first years of the Trump Administration have seen a resurgence in state telecommunications regulation—driven not by state institutional concerns, but by policy disagreements …


Abc V. Aereo And The Humble Judge, James Y. Stern Sep 2019

Abc V. Aereo And The Humble Judge, James Y. Stern

James Y. Stern

No abstract provided.


Applying Crawford's Confrontation Right In A Digital Age, Jeffrey Bellin Sep 2019

Applying Crawford's Confrontation Right In A Digital Age, Jeffrey Bellin

Jeffrey Bellin

No abstract provided.


Congress, The Fcc, And The Search For The Public Trustee, Neal Devins Sep 2019

Congress, The Fcc, And The Search For The Public Trustee, Neal Devins

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


Resilience: Building Better Users And Fair Trade Practices In Information, Andrea M. Matwyshyn Jul 2019

Resilience: Building Better Users And Fair Trade Practices In Information, Andrea M. Matwyshyn

Andrea Matwyshyn

Symposium: Rough Consensus and Running Code: Integrating Engineering Principles into Internet Policy Debates, held at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Technology Innovation and Competition on May 6-7, 2010.

In the discourse on communications and new media policy, the average consumer-the user-is frequently eliminated from the equation. This Article presents an argument rooted in developmental psychology theory regarding the ways that users interact with technology and the resulting implications for data privacy law. Arguing in favor of a user-centric construction of policy and law, the Author introduces the concept of resilience. The concept of resilience has long been discussed in …


The Northern Ireland Broadcasting Ban: Some Reflections On Judicial Review, Geoffrey Bennett, Russell L. Weaver Jun 2019

The Northern Ireland Broadcasting Ban: Some Reflections On Judicial Review, Geoffrey Bennett, Russell L. Weaver

Russell L. Weaver

This Essay initially examines the British government's ban on its broadcasting networks that restricts coverage of Northern Ireland organizations, and concludes by making some reflections on the system of judicial review in the United States. Professors Weaver and Bennett note that a comparable ban in the United States probably would be held unconstitutional. In Great Britain, however, the courts lack a similar power of judicial review, leaving the question of the Ban's legitimacy to the political process. While Great Britain enjoys a relatively free society, the authors conclude that government control over the British media poses troubling problems and suggests …


Rethinking Press Rights Of Equal Access, Luke M. Milligan May 2019

Rethinking Press Rights Of Equal Access, Luke M. Milligan

Luke Milligan

No abstract provided.


Toll-Free Assignment Modernization And The Triumph Of Coase, Daniel A. Lyons Apr 2019

Toll-Free Assignment Modernization And The Triumph Of Coase, Daniel A. Lyons

Daniel Lyons

No abstract provided.


To Narrow The Digital Divide, The Fcc Should Not Simply Extend Lifeline To Broadband, Daniel A. Lyons Apr 2019

To Narrow The Digital Divide, The Fcc Should Not Simply Extend Lifeline To Broadband, Daniel A. Lyons

Daniel Lyons

No abstract provided.


The Congressional Review Act And The Toxic Politics Of Net Neutrality, Daniel A. Lyons Apr 2019

The Congressional Review Act And The Toxic Politics Of Net Neutrality, Daniel A. Lyons

Daniel Lyons

No abstract provided.


Revisiting Net Neutrality, Daniel A. Lyons Apr 2019

Revisiting Net Neutrality, Daniel A. Lyons

Daniel Lyons

No abstract provided.


"Enemy Of The People": Negotiating News At The White House, Carol Pauli Mar 2019

"Enemy Of The People": Negotiating News At The White House, Carol Pauli

Carol Pauli

How can the press serve as a check on executive power when the president calls it “fake” and the White House denies facts? As journalists debate the right response, this article offers advice from the perspective of a journalist who is now in the legal academy. Drawing on legal scholarship in the field of conflict resolution — as well as literature in journalism and political science — this article analyzes the White House press briefing as a negotiation over both the content of news and the relationship of the press and president. It aims to help the press fulfill the …


Narrowing The Digital Divide: A Better Broadband Universal Service Program, Daniel Lyons Jan 2019

Narrowing The Digital Divide: A Better Broadband Universal Service Program, Daniel Lyons

Daniel Lyons

Universal service has long been an integral component of American telecommunications policy. As more activities move online, it becomes increasingly important to narrow the digital divide by helping low-income Americans get online and by extending broadband networks into unserved areas.

Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission’s reforms are unlikely to help solve this problem. The Commission is repurposing an $8 billion telephone subsidy program to focus instead on broadband networks. But when pressed, the agency admits that it has no proof that the program meaningfully affected telephone adoption rates, and it offers little evidence that it will fare any better at …


Algorithmic Jim Crow, Margaret Hu Nov 2017

Algorithmic Jim Crow, Margaret Hu

Margaret Hu

This Article contends that current immigration- and security-related vetting protocols risk promulgating an algorithmically driven form of Jim Crow. Under the “separate but equal” discrimination of a historic Jim Crow regime, state laws required mandatory separation and discrimination on the front end, while purportedly establishing equality on the back end. In contrast, an Algorithmic Jim Crow regime allows for “equal but separate” discrimination. Under Algorithmic Jim Crow, equal vetting and database screening of all citizens and noncitizens will make it appear that fairness and equality principles are preserved on the front end. Algorithmic Jim Crow, however, will enable discrimination on …


Tucker Lecture, Law And Media Symposium, Erwin Chemerinsky Jun 2017

Tucker Lecture, Law And Media Symposium, Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky

No abstract provided.


The Roberts Court And Freedom Of Speech, Erwin Chemerinsky Jun 2017

The Roberts Court And Freedom Of Speech, Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky

This is an edited version of a speech delivered on December 16, 2010 in Washington, D.C., as part of the Federal Communications Bar Association's Distinguished Speaker Series. This speech was given by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky in December 2010 as part of the FCBA's Distinguished Speaker Series. In the speech, Dean Chemerinsky offers his perspectives on and analysis of the Supreme Court's position on freedom of speech in recent years. He highlights important recent freedom of speech decisions made by the Roberts Court, and gives some projections as to where the court is heading in the years to come, given its …


Proposed Arbitration Ban Would Be Bad Law And Bad Policy, Daniel A. Lyons Mar 2017

Proposed Arbitration Ban Would Be Bad Law And Bad Policy, Daniel A. Lyons

Daniel Lyons

No abstract provided.


Net Neutrality’S Path To The Supreme Court: Chevron And The “Major Questions” Exception, Daniel A. Lyons Mar 2017

Net Neutrality’S Path To The Supreme Court: Chevron And The “Major Questions” Exception, Daniel A. Lyons

Daniel Lyons

No abstract provided.


How Should Courts Consider Agency Remarks During The Comment Period?, Daniel A. Lyons Mar 2017

How Should Courts Consider Agency Remarks During The Comment Period?, Daniel A. Lyons

Daniel Lyons

No abstract provided.


Misrepresentation And The Fcc, Brian C. Murchison Sep 2016

Misrepresentation And The Fcc, Brian C. Murchison

Brian C. Murchison

None available.


United States Media Law Update, Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, Rachael Jones May 2016

United States Media Law Update, Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, Rachael Jones

Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky

In June 2015 the United States Supreme Court completed what was hailed as its most ‘liberal term of the ages’, issuing major decisions on controversial issues, such as same-sex marriage, affirmative action and the Affordable Care Act. The Court’s free press jurisprudence, however, remained largely unchanged after its last term. The Court did not decide any significant press cases. Instead, the Court sidestepped the opportunity to resolve important questions about the constitutional limits on the prosecution of threats made via social media in one notable case, and set a new, more speech-protective standard for determining when a law is content-based …


Usage-Based Pricing, Zero-Rating, And The Future Of Broadband Innovation, Daniel A. Lyons Feb 2016

Usage-Based Pricing, Zero-Rating, And The Future Of Broadband Innovation, Daniel A. Lyons

Daniel Lyons

No abstract provided.


Title Ii Reclassification Is Rate Regulation, Daniel A. Lyons Feb 2016

Title Ii Reclassification Is Rate Regulation, Daniel A. Lyons

Daniel Lyons

No abstract provided.


Extending Copyright Protection To Combat Free-Riding By Digital News Aggregators And Online Search Engines, Nancy Whitmore Jan 2016

Extending Copyright Protection To Combat Free-Riding By Digital News Aggregators And Online Search Engines, Nancy Whitmore

Nancy J. Whitmore

No abstract provided.


Congress, The U.S. Supreme Court And Must-Carry Policy: A Flawed Economic Analysis, Nancy Whitmore Jan 2016

Congress, The U.S. Supreme Court And Must-Carry Policy: A Flawed Economic Analysis, Nancy Whitmore

Nancy J. Whitmore

The Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, which requires cable operators to carry the signals of local broadcast television stations, was hailed by supporters as a measure that would preserve the economic viability of the local independent broadcaster by unlocking the anticompetitive grip that the local cable company places on access to its system. In upholding the Act in 1997, the United States Supreme Court seemed to ignore the degree to which the cable and broadcast industries have become vertically integrated. In the end, local independent stations became economically viable not because they were guaranteed carriage on …


Innovations In Mobile Broadband Pricing, Daniel Lyons Dec 2015

Innovations In Mobile Broadband Pricing, Daniel Lyons

Daniel Lyons

The FCC’s net neutrality rules sought to limit interference by broadband service providers in markets for Internet-based content and applications. But to do so, the Commission significantly reduced the amount of innovation possible in the broadband service market. Within limits, broadband providers may offer different plans that vary the quantity of service available to customers, as well as the quality of that service. But they generally cannot vary the service itself: with limited exceptions, broadband providers must offer customers access to all lawful Internet traffic, or none at all. 

This Article explores the way in which this all-or-nothing homogenization of the American broadband product differs from innovative experiments taking …


Can Dna Be Speech?, Jorge R. Roig Dec 2015

Can Dna Be Speech?, Jorge R. Roig

Jorge R Roig

DNA is generally regarded as the basic building block of life itself. In the most fundamental sense, DNA is nothing more than a chemical compound, albeit a very complex and peculiar one. DNA is an information-carrying molecule. The specific sequence of base pairs contained in a DNA molecule carries with it genetic information, and encodes for the creation of particular proteins. When taken as a whole, the DNA contained in a single human cell is a complete blueprint and instruction manual for the creation of that human being.
In this article we discuss myriad current and developing ways in which …


Internet Governance Is Our Shared Responsibility, Vinton Cerf, Patrick Ryan, Max Senges Dec 2015

Internet Governance Is Our Shared Responsibility, Vinton Cerf, Patrick Ryan, Max Senges

Patrick T. Ryan

This essay looks at the the different roles that institutions play in the Internet governance ecosystem. We propose a model for thinking of Internet governance within the context of the layered model of the Internet. We use the example of the negotiations in Dubai in 2102 at the World Conference on International Telecommunications to show why it is important for different institutions within the governance system to focus on their areas of expertise (e.g., the ITU, ICANN, and IGF). Several areas of conflict are reviewed, such as the desire to promote more broadband infrastructure (a topic that is in the …


Indian National Bar Association (Inba) Celebrates 66th National Law Day, Amit Kumar Dec 2015

Indian National Bar Association (Inba) Celebrates 66th National Law Day, Amit Kumar

Amit Kumar

26th Nov 2015, New Delhi: A groundbreaking International conference on Law & Policy issues of more than 400 prominent thought Members of Parliament from India and United Kingdom, leaders, CEO's, heads of legal department, researchers, advocates, practitioners and policymakers from at least 08 countries gathered in New Delhi on 26th November 2015, energizing a global movement working to advance policy issues around the globe. Held November 26, the “International Conference on Law and Policy Issues” to commemorate the 66th National Law Day marked its hosting in India as the biggest conference of the year hosted by Indian National Bar Association. …


Regulating Interconnection (Lightly!), Daniel A. Lyons Oct 2015

Regulating Interconnection (Lightly!), Daniel A. Lyons

Daniel Lyons

No abstract provided.