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Net Neutrality goes to court

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“Campbell argues that First Amendment protections of a free press are in jeopardy because of FCC actions. ‘Telephone service providers are not members of the press because phones offer private communications between individuals, but cable operators are protected because they distribute content intended for mass consumption. If you’ve ever read the news or watched a video on the Internet, you already know ISPs are much more like cable providers than phone companies.'”

The complete article is available HERE.

Net Neutrality Puts Political Websites in the Crosshairs of Censorship

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“The Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology has filed a brief with the court that says: ‘If rules such as these are not reviewed under the most rigorous scrutiny possible, government favoritism and censorship masquerading as ‘neutrality’ will soon cascade to other forms of mass communication.'”

The complete article is available HERE.

Net neutrality proponents have joined forces with the greatest threat to free speech

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The Hill published an editorial penned by Fred Campbell that addresses the potential for the net neutrality court case to redefine free speech in a way that enables government censorship of the Internet. The editorial is available HERE.

Net Neutrality Supporters Say Order Doesn’t Violate ISPs’ First Amendment Protections

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“The argument by net neutrality supporters ‘misses the point,’ said Fred Campbell, executive director of the Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology, in an interview. ‘The operators of mass communications systems are protected by the press clause without regard to subtle distinctions between speech and conduct. The reason is simple. The danger of government censorship exists at any point in the chain of production and distribution of content. That is why courts have held there is a First Amendment right to distribute flyers, position magazine racks, operate a book store or publish an advertisement. It’s also why the efforts of net neutrality proponents to complicate this simple concept are unlikely to persuade the court.’”

The complete article is available HERE.

Drudge, Fox News Could be Censored Under New Federal Rules

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“’If rules such as these are not reviewed under the most rigorous scrutiny possible, government favoritism and censorship masquerading as ‘neutrality’ will soon cascade to other forms of mass communication,’” the [Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology] argues.”

FCC Internet Rules Angle to Shut Down Conservatives

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“Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology president Fred Campbell told the Washington Examiner, ‘If the court upholds the FCC’s rules, the agency’s authority over the Internet would extend from one end to the other. … Because 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.'”

The complete article is available HERE.