AuthorJeffers, Elissa C.

Welcome to the first Issue of Volume 73 of the Federal Communications Law Journal, the nation's premier communications law journal and the official journal of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA). We are thrilled to provide timely and thought-provoking pieces in this Volume's inaugural Issue representing the breadth of telecommunications and informational privacy law. This Issue explores topics including municipal broadband, media ownership, net neutrality and access to the Internet for racial minorities, the Equal Time Rule's application to political debate, and an antitrust review of data collection practices.

This Issue begins with a deep examination of the legal and economic framework for municipal broadband by T. Randolph Bear, PhD, George S. Ford, PhD, Lawrence J. Spiwak, Esq. and Michael Stern, PhD, all of the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies. Bear, et al. ultimately caution against municipal broadband efforts because they rarely improve competition or access. Next, Christopher Terry, PhD, Stephen Schmitz, and Eliezer (Lee) Joseph Silberberg, all of the University of Minnesota, examine the history of media ownership regulation since the Telecommunications Act of 1996, including the most recent Prometheus Radio Project case before the U.S. Supreme Court this term. Terry, et al. argue for a set of policies to produce empirical data that would resolve the persistent ownership debate.

This Issue also features three timely student Notes. In the first Note, Katrina Jackson examines the FCC's repeal of net neutrality and its impact on African Americans' and Hispanics' access to the Internet. Jackson argues that the Internet is a place of public accommodation such that Title II of the Civil Rights Act offers recourse against Internet service providers who cable package their service offerings. In the second Note, Sydney Snower explores political debates' current exemption from the Equal Time Rule, which would otherwise require that candidates receive...

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