Updates on Shea, Congress [cr-951222]


Richard Moore

Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995
From: "Craig A. Johnson" <•••@••.•••>
To: Multiple recipients of list <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: TPR Meeting Cancellation (?)

On 21 Dec 95 at 9:23, William J. Drake wrote:
> Emily, folks,
> While I'm new to town and TPR, I would suggest that with the
> Communications Consolidation Act winging its way out of the
> conference committee and toward passage, I can't imagine a *worse*
> time to cancel a TPR meeting.  People have been working to
> improve/oppose this stinker for years, so it hardly seems right to
> bag the meeting because of our holiday schedules and let its passage
> go unnoted.  Shouldn't we be talking, concretely, about how to
> respond?

I agree with Bill on this one.  But don't assume there will be a bill
reported out of committee and voted upon by the time of the meeting,
regardless of what you read in the papers this am.

As Pressler said today, there is only a "framework for an agreement"
in place, and the House Republicans (with the exception of Bliley who
was ready to file the conf. report and vote) have balked, and it
appears as if there will be a new round of scuffling.

People ought to look over the 46 recommendations by the staff, which
can be found on the ACC web page http://www.bell.com.

The media concentration issues and the telco entry into long distance
are still up in the air.  All indications are that both the conferees
and the Administration intend to throttle the Internet as planned
with the odious "indecency" standard.  The "wiggle room" on that
seems to have completely disappeared.  I would sure like to
understand why the White House could not have confronted that issue
more directly.  It's not as if the Constitution is unimportant, I


Craig A. Johnson
Telecommunications/Information Policy Specialist
Transnational Data Reporting Service, Inc.

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995
From: Joe Shea <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Censorship Update

        The following note from our attorney will update you on the
current status of the legislation and our case.  If the Post story turns
out not to be true, we will be ready to go anyway.

        Merry Christmas, everyone!


Joe Shea
The American Reporter

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 08:04:53 -0800
From: Randall Boe <•••@••.•••>
To: •••@••.•••
Subject: Update


Sorry that I missed your call last night.  The Washington Post ran an
article this morning detailing the blow-up on the Telecom bill.  Apparently,
the Republican leadership is all bent out of shape because Gore praised the
bill on Wednesday night.  I have one of our legislative people tracking it
and the word I'm hearing this morning is that there may not be further
action until after the New Year.

In any event, you are correct about the strategy--my concern is picking a
favorable venue.  The D.C. Circuit has become very conservative and has
disposed of First Amendment cases with a fair amount of hostility---in
addition, there are decisions out of the D.C. Circuit that are not helpful.
The ACLU is thinking about Philadeplhia--which might not be bad.  I was
thinking about Boston or somewhere else in the First Ciirucit  (the American
Virgin Islands??) as a possibility.  I'm working on the complaint--and
injunction papers.

In the meantime, have a Merry Christmas.
Randall Boe
Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn


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