Ms. Buyer is a regular columnist for the THE BULLETIN of the Bar Association of Erie County and is a contributor to No Jitter. Previously, she has written numerous commentaries on telecommunications law for other legal and telecommunications publications including, among others, The Daily Record, Communications Convergence and Computer Telephony. Her articles cover a broad range of topics highlighting current telecommunications issues including federal and state telecommunications policy, litigation, wireless technologies, spectrum policy, FCC initiatives, and industry consolidation. Martha Buyer has also contributed to the ABA Journal Report.

Monday
Jun252018

Kari Hunt Case Jury Awards $41.55 Million

On Friday, June 22nd, a 12-person jury in Marshall, TX awarded $41.55 million to the family of Kari Hunt Dunn following week long civil trial following her death in 2013.  She was fatally stabbed by her estranged husband at a hotel in Marshall on December 1, 2013 where she’d brought her children to visit with their father.  In facts that are well known, while Ms. Hunt’s estranged husband repeatedly stabbed her, her eldest daughter, who was 9 at the time, repeatedly tried to call 911. Because the hotel’s phone system had been designed to require the dialing of “9” in order to reach an outside line, the 9-year old was unsuccessful in reaching anyone who could help her.

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Thursday
May312018

Senate Net Neutrality Vote Exercise in Futility or Something Much More Important?

As widely discussed, the U.S. Senate on May 17 secured passage of a resolution designed to thwart the FCC’s December 2017 decision to abandon the Net neutrality rules announced and implemented by the Obama Administration in 2015 and sustained by the D.C. District Court in 2016.  While most quarters view the protections offered by Network neutrality as imperative, the Trump Administration’s deregulatory push has enabled the FCC’s Republican majority to force abandonment of the rules, despite overwhelming bipartisan support of keeping them in place and intact. 

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Sunday
May132018

Sprint/T-Mobile: Beyond the First Week Hype

So many factors to consider... and not only for consumers, but enterprises, too. You've seen the well-publicized facts and figures about the proposed Sprint/T-Mobile merger, and you've cut through the marketing and other varieties of hype about this transaction, but still you're probably wondering, what's really going on?

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Monday
Apr302018

Getting Legal on AI - Part II

There are some who claim that reading legal boilerplate makes watching paint dry seem exciting. Some of those people might even be lawyers.  But the issues associated with the ever-increasing presence of AI make consideration of legal issues and vulnerabilities more important than ever.  In Part I of this series, we considered qualitative issues, as opposed to the quantitative ones that often arise when considering adoption of AI techniques. Right at the top of the list of important considerations before an AI investment decision is made are contractual issues that must be given their due.

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Thursday
Apr262018

Asking the Tough Questions on AI - Part 1

The battle of qualitative over quantitative analysis has gone on for decades (if not eons). But as artificial intelligence has been deployed in new and more systematic and sophisticated ways in business and politics as well as in science, it is critical for those who use this information to consider its vulnerabilities before relying on the results it produces.

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