Telecommunications Law & Policy

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
THU 10:30 am - 12:20 pm TNH 3.126

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Final exam May 15, 2019 1:30 pm A-Z in 2.123


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.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

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


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Date Updated
05/23/2019 Exam information updated