|Distinguished Adjunct Senior Fellow of the Free State Foundation and former Federal Communications Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate, International Telecommunications Union Special Envoy and Laureate for Child Online Protection, and Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the Co-Chairs of The Healthy MEdia Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls, announced the release of a report offering a variety of recommendations and best practices to encourage more healthy and realistic portrayals of women and girls across all media. The Healthy MEdia Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls, consisting of more than 50 leaders from the media industry, creative community, academia, and youth-serving nonprofits, including the Girl Scouts of the USA, the National Association of Broadcasters, and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, completed more than a year of deliberations with the release of this report on November 13, 2012.
Register now for the Free State Foundation’s "Ideas for Communications Law and Policy Reform in 2013" Lunch Seminar, Thursday, October 18, 2012, at the National Press Club, 11:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The ideas discussed will include both those that involve revising the Communications Act and proposals for reform of communications policy by the Federal Communications Commission. The program will open with a conversation concerning FCC reform between FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell and FSF President Randolph May. This conversation will be followed by a panel discussion by some of the nation's leading think tankers, each of whom has studied communications law and policy for many years: Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation; James Gattuso, Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy, The Heritage Foundation; David Honig, President, Minority Media & Telecommunications Council; and Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center.
Free State Foundation President Randolph J. May will speak on "The Federalist Papers and Administrative Law" on September 27, 2012, at the Federalist Society’s Vermont Student Chapter. The program is entitled "The Administrative State." Mr. May will focus on Federalist Papers 47 and 51.
On August 1, 2012, Free State Foundation President Randolph May will moderate a Federalist Society Teleforum titled “Spectrum Policy in the Age of a Spectrum Crunch.” Participants Michael Calabrese, Senior Research Fellow, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation, and Prof. Thomas W. Hazlett, Director, Information Economy Project, National Center for Technology and Law, George Mason University School of Law, will debate, from divergent perspectives, a range of hot-topic key policy issues. These issues include the FCC's approach to spectrum allocation and assignments; the design of newly-authorized "incentive" spectrum auctions to free up underutilized spectrum; the role, if any, of spectrum caps in transaction reviews; and the repurposing of government spectrum for private sector use.
Healthy MEdia Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls will be honored with the Diversity Advocate Award at the 29th Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner on September 12, 2012, at the Hilton New York in New York City. This award is presented annually to an individual or organization outside of the cable industry that has demonstrated a commitment to diversity. The Healthy MEdia Commission is co-chaired by Free State Foundation’s Distinguished Adjunct Senior Fellow and former FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate and Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis.
On July 23, 2012, the Free State Foundation joined TechFreedom, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Cato Institute in filing an Amicus Brief in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the lawfulness of the FCC's Net Neutrality regulations. The amicus brief argues that the FCC's new regulation of Internet service providers violates their free speech rights under the First Amendment and their property rights under the Fifth Amendment's Takings Clause. The brief also argues that the FCC lacked statutory authority to promulgate the new rules regulating Internet providers.
Free State Foundation President Randolph J. May was featured in a July 18, 2012, Maryland Reporter article concerning Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler's views on Internet privacy regulation. Mr. Gansler argues for an active state Attorney General role in Internet privacy enforcement, while Mr. May says enforcement should be left to the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. May is also concerned that state Attorneys General bringing their own enforcement actions will impose “undue costs on the economy.” Mr. Gansler is the new president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).
Free State Foundation President Randolph May will participate as a panelist, Thursday, June 28, 2012, at the Federal Communications Bar Association’s program, “The 2012 WCIT: Crafting International Telecommunication Regulations for the Twenty-First Century.” The program focuses on the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (“WCIT”), at which Internet governance issues will be addressed.
View a May 14, 2012, live video interview with Free State Foundation President Randolph J. May and the Wall Street Journal's Jason Riley for the WSJ Opinion Journal Live program. Netflix, net neutrality, spectrum policy were the topics discussed.
Registration is now open for the Free State Foundation’s lunch seminar, May 30, 2012, 11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the National Press Club. The seminar, titled "The Multi-Stakeholder Private Internet Governance Model: Can It Survive Threats From The UN?," will address threats to the survival of the current multi-stakeholder privatized Internet governance model posed by competing government-control models put forward in the United Nation's International Telecommunications Union and other international venues. The seminar will focus especially on the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications 2012 (WCIT - 12), to be held this coming December, at which Internet governance issues are expected to be addressed. The lead speakers will be Richard Beaird, Senior Deputy United States Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy - Department of State, and FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell. The commenters will be Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice President, International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Verizon; Gigi Sohn, President, Public Knowledge; and Richard Whitt, Director and Managing Counsel for Public Policy, Google.
Videos of the Free State Foundation's Fourth Annual Telecom Policy Conference, "The Internet World: Will It Remain Free From Public Utility Regulation?" held on March 20, 2012, at the National Press Club, are available here. For your convenience, the conference sessions are broken into five video segments – the three keynote presentations of Steve Moore, Mignon Clyburn, and Danny Weitzner, plus Panels I & II.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20 is the Free State Foundation Annual Telecom Policy Conference! An outstanding line-up of speakers will discuss and debate the conference theme, "The Internet World: Will It Remain Free From Public Utility Regulation?" Highlights include opening keynoter Steve Moore, the award-winning Wall Street Journal senior economics writer and editorial board member, and widely acclaimed CNBC and Fox News Channel television commentator. The lunch program will feature a lively and informative conversation with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn concerning her approach to her job and current FCC issues. Closing remarks will be delivered by Danny Weitzner, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, who will discuss Internet policy, including privacy. In addition, leading senior industry executives, FCC chiefs, and nationally-recognized academic experts will debate the most important communications policy issues of the day, including Internet policy and net neutrality, privacy regulation, wireless regulation, the spectrum crunch and spectrum auctions, Universal Service reform, media regulation, FCC merger reviews, FCC institutional reform, and more. The agenda and registration is here. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served, but registration is required to attend.
The agenda is now available for the Free State Foundation's Fourth Annual Telecom Policy Conference. The conference is Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. at the National Press Club. The agenda and registration information is here.
Steve Moore, Editorial Board Member and Senior Economics Writer for the Wall Street Journal, will deliver the opening keynote address at the Free State Foundation's Fourth Annual Telecom Policy Conference on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the National Press Club. He joins FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who will participate in a lunchtime keynote conversation with FSF President Randolph May. In addition, an outstanding line-up of leading experts from government, industry, academia, and think tanks will discuss and debate the most important communications policy issues of the day. The conference theme is "The Internet World: Will It Remain Free From Public Utility Regulation?" Register now!
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn joins FSF’s March conference lineup in keynote role. In an annual conference tradition, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and FSF President Randolph May will participate in a lunchtime conversation at the Free State Foundation's Fourth Annual Telecom Policy Conference on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the National Press Club. An outstanding line-up of leading experts from government, industry, academia, and think tanks will discuss and debate the most important communications policy issues of the day. This year's conference theme is: "The Internet World: Will It Remain Free From Public Utility Regulation?" Register now!
Register now for the Free State Foundation’s Fourth Annual Telecom Policy Conference – Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the National Press Club, 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. An outstanding line-up of leading experts from government, industry, academia, and think tanks will discuss and debate the most important communications policy issues of the day. This year's conference theme is: "The Internet World: Will It Remain Free From Public Utility Regulation?"
Randolph May, President of the Free State Foundation, conducted a podcast with the Heartland Institute to discuss his new book, A Call for a Radical New Communications Policy: Proposals for Free Market Reform, on January 12, 2012. Bruce Edward Walker, Managing Editor, Infotech and Telecom News for the Heartland Institute, conducted the interview with Mr. May, who addressed his various proposals for changing the Communications Act.
Free State Foundation President Randolph May announced the release of a new book, A Call for a Radical New Communications Policy: Proposals for Free Market Reform. The book is a collection of eight of Mr. May's law review articles, with a Foreword that places the articles in the context of a free market-oriented communications policy reform framework that is consistent with fundamental constitutional principles. For those seriously interested in reforming communications law and policy, the book is an essential work. A Call for a Radical New Communications Policy can be ordered from Amazon here, and from Barnes & Noble here.