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House Dem. puts forward bill to protect municipal broadband networks from state laws

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“It’s notable that the bill would apply to local communities that are already served by privately owned networks,’ Fred Campbell, the director of the right-leaning think tank Tech Knowledge, wrote in an email. ‘The bill would establish a broad new federal policy of encouraging government ownership of the 21st century’s most important mass media communications facilities. Such a policy would have serious implications for freedom of expression as well as state sovereignty.’”

What a ban on online porn can teach us about Internet law

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“Fred Campbell, director of the think tank Tech Knowledge, said his research has led him to several providers that fit this description, such as a New York-based ISP that’s geared toward Jewish customers. The service essentially blocks all content that’s inconsistent with the Jewish faith, Campbell said on ‘The Communicators.’

‘If the FCC were to take action against this ISP for their editorial decisions,” he said, ‘they then could say, ‘As this is being applied to me, it’s violating my First Amendment rights.'”

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Supreme Court Review of Net Neutrality Case No Slam Dunk, Court Watchers Say

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“There’s plenty in the decision to pique the high court’s interest, said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. “‘The D.C. Circuit’s conclusion that the mass media capability of the internet ‘does not meaningfully differentiate broadband from telephone networks for purposes of the First Amendment’ is novel and the reasoning supporting it is inconsistent with existing First Amendment precedent,’ Campbell emailed. ‘Because the case involves a federal agency rule, it’s unlikely that this constitutional issue would ever result in a circuit split. In these circumstances, Supreme Court review is justified.”‘

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Title II Decision Draws Jeers From ISPs, GOP

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“Fred Campbell of Tech Knowledge framed the decision as a threat to online speech, rather than a protection.

‘For the first time in history, a federal court has granted the government the power to regulate the press as if it were a public utility,’ he said. ‘The First Amendment’s protection for the freedom of the press has never been in greater jeopardy.’

‘Make no mistake — this opinion marks a fundamental change in First Amendment law. Until today, the federal courts interpreted the First Amendment as prohibiting the FCC from regulating the transmission of video content and the distribution of newspapers as common carriage. Today’s decision abandons this protection for the freedom of the press and gives government the right to censor the news by imposing restrictions on its distribution.'”

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Parties Plan Appeals Amid Flood Of Criticism Of Open Internet Opinion, Calls For Legislation

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Criticism also came from . . . Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell, who characterized the decision as granting ‘the government the power to regulate the press as if it were a public utility.'”

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BREAKING: Is Obama Attempting to Censor Fox News?

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“Fred Campbell, president of the Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology, told interviewers that since ‘the same theories the FCC relied on to impose its new regulations on Internet service providers are also applicable to companies like Apple and Netflix, the FCC could extend its regulatory reach much further in the future. This possibility raises the risk that Congress or the FCC could impose restrictions on Internet video and other services that have traditionally been imposed on over the air broadcasting and cable television, including the fairness doctrine that once put the government in charge of determining whether broadcasters were fairly representing both sides of an issue,’ he said.”