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Developments in telecommunications policy being made in the legal system.

Supreme Court Extends Time for Title II Appeal

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

The Supreme Court has agreed to give Internet service providers more time to decide whether to appeal a DC Court's ruling upholding the Federal Communications Commission's Title II Open Internet order.

Court: Warrantless requests to track cellphones, Internet use grew sevenfold in D.C. in three years

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Sealed law enforcement requests to track Americans without a warrant through cellphone location records or Internet activity grew sevenfold in the past three years in the District, new information released by a federal judge shows.

Federal court rejects challenge to national security data requests

Location:
US Court of Appeals; 9th Circuit, 95 7th St, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

The Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that gag orders issued with warrant-like national security letters do not violate the First Amendment. National security letters serve the same functions as a warrant but do not require judicial oversight.

Shareholder files lawsuit to block Tribune Media's sale to Sinclair

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States

A Tribune Media shareholder has filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to halt the company's sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Why blocked Twitter users are suing President Trump

Location:
USA, United States

Seven people blocked by President Trump from seeing or interacting with his Twitter account filed a lawsuit against him, arguing that barring them from his popular social-media feed violates the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Digital Privacy to Come Under Supreme Court’s Scrutiny

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

The House of Representatives adopted the Email Privacy Act in February to modernize the protections afforded electronic communications that would require obtaining a search warrant in almost every case.

Lawsuit alleges President Trump violated 1st Amendment by blocking US citizens on Twitter

Location:
Columbia University, Broadway and 116th Street Lecture Hall, 3rd floor, New York, NY, United States

With each tweet, President Trump says he’s redefining the American presidency, describing his use of social media as “modern day presidential” and necessary to fight what he deems fake news.

Albuquerque police refuse to say if they have stingrays, so ACLU sues

Location:
ACLU of New Mexico, 1410 Coal Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM, 87104, United States

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has sued the city of Albuquerque, seeking records by the city’s police department about its use of stingrays, also known as cell-site simulators.

DC Court Upholds FCC Rebuttable Presumption Decision for Cable Rate Regulations

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

In a big victory for cable operators large and small, a federal court has said the Federal Communications Commission was within its authority to make it easier for cable video services to shed basic rate regulations.

Judge denies DOJ effort to halt Twitter lawsuit over national security orders

Location:
United States District Court (Oakland, CA), 1301 Clay St, Oakland, CA, 94612, United States

A federal judge in California has decided to allow Twitter’s lawsuit against the attorney general’s office to go forward. She rejected arguments that the social media giant should not be allowed to be precise in its transparency reports when describing how it responds to the government’s requests for user data.

Mexico's America Movil details argument in telecom dispute

Location:
America Movil SAB, Lago Alberto 366, 11320, Mexico

Billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil argued on July 5 against rules brought in by an overhaul of the country's telecommunications industry, saying in a statement they were unfair and had led to a loss of its business rights.

Microsoft clashes with feds over e-mail privacy

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States

On the surface, the investigation was routine. Federal agents persuaded a judge to issue a warrant for a Microsoft e-mail account they suspected was used for drug trafficking. But US-based Microsoft kept the e-mails on a server in Ireland. Microsoft said that meant the e-mails were beyond the warrant’s reach. A federal appeals court agreed.

Facebook beats privacy lawsuit in U.S. over user tracking

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

A US judge has dismissed nationwide litigation accusing Facebook of tracking users' internet activity even after they logged out of the social media website.

Forecast: Legal Fireworks on Net Neutrality

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

In the fierce fight over Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's effort to roll back the network neutrality rules, it won't be Chairman Pai or his opposition who has the final say.

News Reports Prompt Senate Request for FISA Court Info

Location:
Senate Judiciary Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building -- 226, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have asked for all the surveillance warrants the FBI asked for from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court as part of the FBI's investigation into Russian campaign interference, including possible collusion with the campaign of Donald Trump.

Why Comcast and Verizon are suddenly clamoring to be regulated

Location:
US Court of Appeals; 9th Circuit, 95 7th St, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

Some of the nation's biggest Internet service providers are begging a court not to weaken the power of a major regulatory agency — the Federal Trade Commission — in a case that has implications for businesses and consumers nationwide and puts the companies at odds with another key industry player, AT&T.

Canada's top court rules Google must block some results worldwide

Location:
Supreme Court of Canada, 301 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0J1, Canada

Canadian courts can force internet search leader Google to remove results worldwide, the country's top court ruled June 28, drawing criticism from civil liberties groups arguing such a move sets a precedent for censorship on the internet.

The DOJ Wants To Take Away Online Privacy. And A Court Says Okay

Location:
US District Court -- District of Arizona, 401 W Washington St, Phoenix, AZ, 85003, United States

Even if you didn’t commit a crime, and so no warrant has been issued (per your Fourth Amendment rights), the government can still take away your online anonymity, says a court. Even if all you did was use your First Amendment-protected right to speak about a private company online, the government can unmask you. This is what occurred in a ruling against Glassdoor, an online job-review website.

Facebook, Free Expression and the Power of a Leak

Location:
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 43210, United States

Today, as social media sites are accused of spreading false news, influencing elections and allowing horrific speech, they may respond by increasing their policing of content. Clarity about their internal speech regulation is more important now than ever. The ways in which this newfound transparency is harnessed by the public could be as meaningful for online speech as any case decided in a United States court.

Twenty years after Reno v. ACLU, the long arc of internet history returns

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Twenty years ago, on June 26, 1996, the US Supreme Court unanimously decided Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, which found the communications decency provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to be unconstitutional.

How 7 words unfit for TV fostered an open Internet 20 years ago today

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

Twenty years ago, on June 26, 1997, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision and unanimously overturned congressional legislation that made it unlawful to transmit "indecent" material on the Internet if that content could be viewed by minors. The justices ruled that the same censorship standards being applied to broadcast radio and television could not be applied to the Internet.

Eighth Circuit to Hear Challenges to FCC's Business Data Services Decision

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 111 S 10th St., St. Louis, MO, 63102, United States

Legal challenges to the Federal Communications Commission's business data services (BDS) reforms have been consolidated in the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

The Supreme Court Establishes A First Amendment Framework For Social Media

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States used an unlikely vehicle to expand the scope of First Amendment protection for Internet users. In Peckingham v. North Carolina, speaking for five members of the Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy started with the general principle that the Court has always recognized the “fundamental principle of the First Amendment ... that all persons have access to places where they can speak and listen, and then, after reflection, speak and listen once more.”

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The Supreme Court Establishes A First Amendment Framework For Social Media

This week’s Supreme Court opinion is likely to serve as an important guidepost as courts assess the First Amendment implications of efforts to restrict access to the Internet.

Supreme Court strikes down law banning offensive trademarks

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

The Supreme Court extended trademark protection to words and names that may be offensive, ruling June 19 that the 1st Amendment right to free speech allows an Asian American band to call itself the Slants.

Supreme Court strikes down sex offender social media ban

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

The Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites. The justices ruled unanimously in favor of North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr.

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

Jun 22 2017 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location:
Tumblr, 35 East 21st Street, New York, NY, 10010, United States

Court Rejects Stay on FCC’s Reinstatement of UHF Discount – Does it Mean TV Ownership Consolidation is in the Clear?

Location:
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, 1800 M Street NW Suite 800N, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

In a very short one page decision, the US Court of Appeals rejected the requests filed by public interest groups to stay the effect of the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to reinstate the UHF discount.

DC Weighs In on UHF Discount Decision

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Washington (DC) was quick to respond to the court decision not to block the Federal Communications Commission's reimposition of the UHF discount, at least while it decides a court challenge to that decision under FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

Court Rejects Request To Stay UHF Discount

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit denied the emergency stay motion filed by public interest groups that sought to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from implementing its decision to reinstate the so-called UHF discount that the groups claim will “make it easier for the nation’s largest television ownership groups to acquire additional stations, and crowd out diverse and local voices.”

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