Funeral Protests: Selected Federal Laws and Constitutional Issues

Funeral Protests: Selected Federal Laws and Constitutional Issues

Date: March 22, 2011
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen Ann
Description: This report discusses the Supreme Court's decision in Snyder vs. Phelps, which deals with the question of Westboro Baptist Church's tort liability, a church that has protested military funerals for a number of years. It analyzes the constitutional issues facing federal laws that create funeral protest buffer zones and examines legislative options for amending the federal laws restricting funeral protests, including H.R. 961.
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Journalists' Privilege: Overview of the Law and Legislation in Recent Congresses

Journalists' Privilege: Overview of the Law and Legislation in Recent Congresses

Date: January 19, 2011
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen Ann
Description: This report gives an overview of the law regarding journalistic privilege. Included are the responses of the 110th and 111th Congresses regarding the law.
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Net Neutrality: The FCC's Authority to Regulate Broadband Internet Traffic Management

Net Neutrality: The FCC's Authority to Regulate Broadband Internet Traffic Management

Date: March 26, 2014
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen Ann
Description: This report discusses the major debate over the government's role in the Internet. Legally, the question appears to be whether the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) currently has the authority to regulate the ways in which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) manage Internet traffic over their networks.
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The FCC's Authority to Regulate Net Neutrality After Comcast v. FCC

The FCC's Authority to Regulate Net Neutrality After Comcast v. FCC

Date: September 26, 2011
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen Ann
Description: This report discusses the major debate over the government's role in the Internet that is currently occurring. Legally, the question appears to be whether the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) currently has the authority to regulate the ways in which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) manage Internet traffic over their networks. The FCC adopted an Internet Policy Statement in 2005 that expressed the agency's support for a policy of non-discrimination toward Internet traffic, subject to reasonable network management.
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Fairness Doctorine: History and Constitutional Issues

Fairness Doctorine: History and Constitutional Issues

Date: January 12, 2009
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen Ann
Description: The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) that required broadcast licensees to cover issues of public importance and to do so in a fair manner. In 1987, after a period of study, the FCC repealed the Fairness Doctrine. The debate in Congress regarding whether to reinstate the doctrine continues today. This report covers the history of such debates.
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Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan: Selected Freedom of Speech Scholarship

Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan: Selected Freedom of Speech Scholarship

Date: June 18, 2010
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen Ann
Description: President Obama has nominated his Solicitor General, Elena Kagan, to be the next Supreme Court Justice. If confirmed, she would fill the seat being vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens upon his retirement at the end of the 2009/2010 term. Prior to her term as Solicitor General, Ms. Kagan, in her capacity as an academic and scholar, wrote influential pieces analyzing free speech jurisprudence. This report will explain these articles in further detail, as well as an additional, shorter piece, discussing the First Amendment implications of codes of conduct at public universities.
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Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First Amendment

Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First Amendment

Date: September 8, 2014
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen Ann
Description: This report provides an overview of the major exceptions to the First Amendment--of the ways that the Supreme Court has interpreted the guarantee of freedom of speech and press to provide no protection or only limited protection for some types of speech.
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Privacy Law and Online Advertising

Privacy Law and Online Advertising

Date: January 20, 2010
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen Ann
Description: This report will examine the application of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Communications Act to online behavioral advertising in more detail. It is likely that in many cases these laws could be held to apply to such activities and that these methods of data collection would be forbidden unless consent is obtained from one of the parties to the communication.
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Net Neutrality: Selected Legal Issues Raised by the FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order

Net Neutrality: Selected Legal Issues Raised by the FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order

Date: April 6, 2015
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen Ann
Description: This report discusses the primary legal issues raised by the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC's) 2015 Open Internet Order: the FCC's authority to reclassify broadband Internet access services, the FCC's authority to forbear from the imposition of Title II regulations following reclassification, the FCC's authority under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and whether the FCC properly complied with the Administrative Procedure Act.
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Net Neutrality: The Federal Communications Commission's Authority to Enforce Its Network Management Principles

Net Neutrality: The Federal Communications Commission's Authority to Enforce Its Network Management Principles

Date: November 16, 2009
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen Ann
Description: This report will discuss the Comcast's blocking of P2P applications, Comcast's network management practices and their legal implications in greater detail.
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