Academic journal article Federal Communications Law Journal

Editor' S Note

Academic journal article Federal Communications Law Journal

Editor' S Note

Article excerpt

Welcome to Volume 60 of the Federal Communications Law Journal, the nation's premier journal in communications law and the official journal of the Federal Communications Bar Association. Issue 1 continues the Journal's tradition of presenting timely and important analysis in communications law and policy.

It begins with a debate between Chairman Kevin J. Martin, Federal Communications Commission ("FCC"), Adam G. Ciongoli, Time Warner Inc., Robert W. Peters, Morality in Media, and Dr. Roger Pilon, the Cato Institute. The panelists discuss, in the pithy words of moderator Judge David B. Sentelle, "the expanding or contracting or changing, or whatever they are, regulations on indecency from the [FCC]." Two Articles complement this discussion. The first, by John C. Quale. and Malcolm J. Tuesley, makes the case for a First Amendment bar to FCC regulation of indecent content on direct broadcast satellite. In the second, Genelle I. Belmas, Gail D. Love, and Brian C. Foy suggest improvements to the indecency complaint process based on their research into recent FCC consumer complaint denials.

The Issue is rounded out by two student Notes and a Book Review. Cindy J. Cho argues that the FCC's current interpretation of foreign ownership requirements allows foreign applicants to engage in anticompetitive behavior to obtain broadcast licenses in lieu of domestic applicants. …

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