Comments by Ralph Fucetola JD
Institute President Submits Public Comments
FCC SHOULD PROTECT THE INTERNET PUBLIC COMMONS
ABSTRACT: Comments submitted on 7 August 2020 by Ralph Fucetola JD with reference to the Department of Commerce’s Federal Communications Commission Petition #11862 of 27 July 2020 seeking clarification of provisions of 47 U.S.C § 230.
— Acknowledging the recent actions of Twitter and Facebook to ban speech by President Trump allegedly determined to be “false” by “third party fact checkers” I am submitting these comments as a retired attorney at law with 36 years of practice.
— I am concerned with the actions of various social media companies in “banning” [a term that reminds me of the evils of Apartheid] various persons, including President Trump, for political speech.
— The apparent coordinated “bannings” of various speakers, including, for example Alex Jones (who was banned by several social media companies during one 24 hour period in late September, 2018) suggests unlawful conspiracy by the companies in their use of the Internet Public Utility or Public Commons.
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19 September 2020 Update
 The Key Words
Section 230 of the Act uses the words "or otherwise objectionable" in its provision protecting service providers if they remove "pornography" from their services. The term "or otherwise objectionable" could not have been intended by Congress to embrace political or other opinion speech and scientific discourse, since such speech is not legally the equivalent of pornographic communications. The one is protected by the First Amendment's absolute protection for Freedom of Speech while the other is not fully recognized as protected speech.
Courts have distinguished between pornography and all other speech. While it is therefore possible for courts to interpret Section 230 as not allowing the service providers to censor political and similar opinion speech, it would be best if Congress and the President worked together to amend the law to better protect speech.
 White House Petition
This White House Petition allows you to express your support for a stronger Section 230. Here is the link: