Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Libertarian sources remind us how FCC has regulated media in the past

The Cato Institute has provided a link to a paper from two George Mason University professors, Brnet Skorup and Christopher Koopman, “The FCC’s Transaction Reviews, the First Amendment, and the Rule of Law”, in the Winder 2016-2017 issue of “Regulation”, pdf here.

The paper points out that the FCC can compel major broadcasters (but not necessarily cable networks) to cover material with specific minority focus, and has done so.

On the other hand, network neutrality legislation might run against business model interests of communications providers and might make the promulgation of fake news more difficult to meet.

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