Telecommunications Law & Policy

Class Unique: 28410

This introductory course examines the policies, laws and regulations applicable to one of the most important industry segments of the United States – telecommunications. The course will cover wireline, wireless, cable, video, satellite, Internet and broadband technologies/services in this exciting, dynamic and converging industry. This study will review historical regulatory policies such as Universal Service that shaped the early industry and include current policy debates such as Net Neutrality and privacy. Topics will include the Communications Act of 1934 and the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and discussions of what changes to related laws may be warranted in the future. This survey course will also cover important subjects such as divestiture, mergers, scope of regulatory treatment and the public interest, use of valuable spectrum, key characteristics of the different modes of communication as well as the developing issues of technological convergence and "permissionless innovation." The goal of the course is to introduce students to important policy and legal concepts and issues in an industry segment that impacts their daily lives and perhaps reveal an area of career interest whether it be in the government, industry, consumer or private practice arenas.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Thursday 10:30 am - 12:20 pm TNH 3.126
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Final 5/15/19 1:30 pm A-Z

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Will use floating mean GPA if applicable


  • Telecommunications Law and Policy - Stuart Minor Benjamin, James B. Speta
      Carolina Academic Press , edition: Fourth Edition
      ISBN: 978-1-61163-691-8   (required)
  • Communications Law and Policy - Jerry Kang, Alan Butler
      Direct Injunction Press , edition: Sixth Edition
      ISBN: 9780997850222   (optional)
  • Digital Crossroads: Telecommunications Law and Policy in the Internet Age - Jonathan E. Nuechterlein and Philip J. Weise
      MIT Press , edition: Second Edition
      ISBN: 978-0-262-51960-1   (optional)
  • Permissionless Innovation: The Continuing Case for Comprehensive Technological Freedom - Adam Thierer
      Mercatus Center at George Mason University , edition: 2016 (Revised Edition)
      ISBN: 9781942951247   (optional)
  • U.S. Private-Sector Privacy: Law and Practice for Information Privacy Professional - Peter Swire, DeBrae Kennedy-Mayo
      International Association of Privacy Professionals , edition: 2018 (Second Edition)
      ISBN: 978-0-9983223-6-0   (optional)
  • The Master Switch - Tim Wu
      Vintage Books , edition: 2011
      ISBN: 978-0-307-39099-8   (optional)