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73 Fed. Comm. L.J. [i] (2020-2021)

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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 equal debate time. Snower argues
for an exemptions modification that would allow political debate participants
equal time under the Rule. In the third Note, Brennan Weiss looks to
Germany's use of antitrust enforcement authority to rein in harmful data
collection practices by Facebook. Weiss argues that the U.S. can do the same
by challenging large technology companies' harmful data collection practices
as monopolization offenses under the Sherman Act.
As 2020 ends, the Journal asks you to save the date for our joint
virtual Spring 2021 Symposium, 25th Anniversary ofthe Telecommunications
Act of1996-Looking Ahead to the Next Telecommunications Act, co-hosted
with the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology on March 12, 2021. We
invite abstract submissions no later than January  11, 2021. See
www.fclj.org/symposium/ for further details. The 3rd Annual Spring
Symposium, Untethered-Politics and Speech on the Internet remains
postponed until further notice.
The Editorial Board appreciates the continued support of the FCBA
and The George Washington University Law School. The Editorial Board
also thanks all authors and editors, including the Volume 72 Editorial Board,
for their contributions to this Issue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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