Commissioner Ajit Pai on the FCC Television Set-Top Box Proposal Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Teleforum Thursday, June 30, 01:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call
In this teleforum, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai will talk about the FCC’s proposed rulemaking to transform the pay television industry and competition for the television set-top boxes sitting in millions of homes across the country. The proposed rule seeks to unbundle the sale of programming from the sale of set-top boxes. The FCC wants third party technology companies to “build devices or software solutions that can navigate the universe of multichannel video programming with a competitive user interface.” The proposal has sparked tremendous debate among pay-television providers, technology companies, state and federal lawmakers, the Administration, and others. Advocates for the proposal think it could spur competition and unlock value for consumers with better and cheaper solutions for accessing video programming. Others believe the Commission’s proposal interferes with free market forces, creates more problems than it solves, and could compromise consumer privacy.
What is the FCC’s proposal? What are the implications for consumer privacy, advertising, and free market competition? Is a compromise possible? Commissioner Pai will explore these and other issues in this important teleforum, explain his dissent to the proposal, and offer us his vision for moving forward.
Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
- Hon. Ajit V. Pai, Federal Communications Commission
- Alexander P. Okuliar, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
On Wednesday, June 14, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s controversial reclassification of broadband internet service as a telecommunications service subject to common carrier regulation under Title II of the Communications Act. The case, which many observers believe may ultimately end up before the United States Supreme Court, touches on major questions about the Communications Act, as well as First Amendment issues and larger administrative law controversies, including Chevron deference. Our experts discussed all of these angles and the outlook for the case going forward.
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Podcast
- Brett A. Shumate, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
- Adam J. White, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
On Monday, May 31 the United States Supreme Court issued an 8-0 opinion in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Company. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Pacific Legal Foundation, representing Hawkes Company, squared off regarding the Corps’ decision that Hawkes Company could not use its property for peat farming without first spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in pursuit of a federal wetlands permit under the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. The Court agreed with Pacific Legal Foundation that that decision, called a Jurisdictional Determination, is judicially reviewable under the Administrative Procedure Act.
Short video featuring Gregory S. McNeal
- Mark Miller, Managing Attorney, Atlantic Center, Pacific Legal Foundation
Gregory S. McNeal, Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine School of Law, discusses the FAA’s approach to regulating the tiniest of drones: microdrones. Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
United States Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska delivered this address during the Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference on May 17, 2016.
- Hon. Dan Sullivan, United States Senate, Alaska
- Introduction: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society
The Mayflower Hotel