T. Barton Carter

Chair, Department of Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations
Professor, Communication and Law

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BA, Yale University
MS, Boston University
JD, University of Pennsylvania

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Former Head of the Law Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication as well as of the Law and Policy Division of the Broadcast Education Association, Professor Carter is a practicing attorney specializing in communication law and new communication technologies. He also coordinates the JD/MS in Mass Communication dual degree program… Read more

Former Head of the Law Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication as well as of the Law and Policy Division of the Broadcast Education Association, Professor Carter is a practicing attorney specializing in communication law and new communication technologies. He also coordinates the JD/MS in Mass Communication dual degree program and teaches courses in communication law and telecommunication regulation at the Boston University School of Law. He has co-authored three textbooks: The First Amendment and the Fourth Estate, The First Amendment and the Fifth Estateand Mass Communication Law in a Nutshell. He has also written articles and book chapters on libel, media access, free press/fair trial, obscenity, regulation of new communication technologies, the Patriot Act and rights protection for computer software.

 

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  • Charter-Time Warner Unlikely to Lower Bills

    May 26, 2015

    NECN T. Barton Carter, College of Communication Barely a month after federal antitrust concerns shot down Comcast’s $45 billion dollar bid for Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications came back Monday with a $55 billion deal to take over Time Warner… Expert quote: “They’re going to talk about how the efficiencies of the two will allow […]

  • The Conversation US – T. Barton Carter

    February 25, 2015

    Regulating the web: what's at stake in FCC net neutrality vote By T. Barton Carter, Boston University On Thursday the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on new open internet access regulations, often referred to as net neutrality rules. The nitty gritty details have yet to be disclosed, although the FCC is expected to […]

  • Fox may go dark on Thanksgiving

    November 26, 2014

    Boston Globe (subscription required) T. Barton Carter, College of Communication Turkey. Cranberry sauce. Football. Everyone knows what to expect out of a Thanksgiving celebration. But that Eagles-Cowboys game could be off the menu for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts consumers… Expert quote: “Broadcasters started demanding more and cable companies have sometimes given in. Sometimes it’s gone […]

  • Experts Media Alert: Supreme Court and Facebook

    November 20, 2014

    Are threats made on Facebook protected by the First Amendment? The Supreme Court will decide that when they hear the case of Elonis v. United States. Anthony Elonis was an amusement park worker in Allentown, PA. In 2010, his wife left him and took their two children. After losing both his wife and his job, […]

  • Feds wonder: Is it time for Web TV?

    October 4, 2014

    The Hill T. Barton Carter, College of Communication The Federal Communications Commission is considering a plan to treat some types of online television like cable… Expert quote: “In this field predicting more than about 10 minutes ahead is dangerous, but it clearly seems to be a direction they’re heading.” View full article

  • T-Mobile’s Legere Sputters Over FTC’s Cramming Accusations

    July 2, 2014

    E-Commerce Times T. Barton Carter, College of Communication T-Mobile’s efforts to market itself as the un-carrier that puts customers first may be impacted by the United States Federal Trade Commission’s allegations that it has engaged in “cramming” — charging consumers for services offered by third-party companies without the consumers’ knowledge or authorization… Expert quote: “Turning over a […]

  • ‘Pirate’ radio dots the suburbs

    May 15, 2014

    Boston Globe (subscription required) T. Barton Carter, College of Communication A government-enforced shutdown last month of three unlicensed community radio stations providing programming to ethnically diverse neighborhoods underscored the prevalence of so-called “pirate radio” not just in Boston, but also in its suburbs… Expert quote: “There just is an availability issue.” View full article

  • Aereo’s $97 million question for the Supreme Court

    April 11, 2014

    Boston Globe (subscription required) T. Barton Carter, College of Communication If you’re old enough to remember the days when VCRs and Betamax video recorders represented cutting-edge technology, you probably remember the controversy that accompanied them. You could record movies and TV shows off the air, and lend the tapes to your friends… Expert quote: “When it’s a mix of […]

  • Naysayers Wring Hands Over Comcast-TWC Merger

    February 14, 2014

    E-Commerce Times T. Barton Carter, College of Communication After months of being courted by both Comcast and Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable has agreed to be purchased by Comcast for US$45.2 billion in stock… Expert quote: “Companies seeking to justify mergers almost always claim that economies of scale will increase efficiency and provide better service. In reality, […]

  • Aereo Flies Higher on Court Ruling, App News

    October 11, 2013

    E-Commerce Times T. Barton Carter, College of Communication Aereo, the upstart TV streaming company that’s giving the broadcasting industry dyspepsia, has won yet another court case against broadcasters… Expert quote: “It is a war of attrition.” View full article    

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