Posted by: Joan Marsh on November 8, 2011 at 10:54 am
Media Access Project, or MAP, fashions itself a “non-profit law firm and advocacy organization” that works on behalf of the public “to promote freedom of expression.” Indeed, one of MAP’s primary objectives is to protect the public’s First Amendment rights by ensuring “universal and equitable access to media outlets.”
But apparently those rights extend only to speakers with whom MAP agrees.
In yet another ironic twist in a deal that has been rife with them, MAP has now sent a letter to local broadcast station WUSA-9 to ask the station to “cease running commercials sponsored by AT&T relating to its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile.” In short, MAP takes issue with the content of our ads, so they are asking a local broadcaster to censor them.
Posted by: Joan Marsh on October 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm
Yesterday, we were the recipient of another Public Knowledge nasty-gram. You know the drill. PK latches onto some straight-forward fact, misrepresents it to some extreme and lashes out with a press release or blog containing reckless and unfounded allegations.
In this case, Public Knowledge is spinning AT&T’s attempt to sell its WCS C and D block spectrum licenses, which PK alleged was hypocritical and borderline sinister. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the irony of this allegation. PK has for months accused us of hoarding spectrum, and now they are indignant and outraged that we are trying to . . . (dramatic pause, insert snippet from Psycho soundtrack) . . . sell spectrum. Even inside the beltway, that dog don’t woof.
But more disturbing is how the allegation lays bare just how unknowledgeable Public Knowledge is about spectrum and wireless network deployments – that and how willing it is to mislead. Let’s consider some basic facts about the WCS C and D blocks (which you won’t find in PK’s press release).