Originally published in Broadcasting & Cable on June 14, 2016.
“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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