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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.'”

The complete article is available HERE.

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.'”

The complete article is available HERE.

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.”

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.