City Officials Given A Discretionary Application Of Internet Policy Based On Differing Viewpoints

In The Putnam Pit, Inc. v. City of Cookeville, the court examined whether the City was able to discriminate against an individual and his Web site based upon viewpoint discrimination. The protection of a website’s content was clearly at issue in this case.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is discrimination based on viewpoint?
Who are the parties and what are the facts of this case?
What is the public form analysis used to determine the City’s denial of linking their site to his Website?
What did the court determine?
What is the significance of this ruling?


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