Internet and Telecommunication Regulation
- Semester: Spring 2020
- Course ID: 379M
- Credit Hours: 3
- Grading Method: Pass/Fail Mandatory
- Upperclass-only elective
|TUE, THU||9:05 - 10:20 am||TNH 3.126|
|Final||May 7, 2020|
This introductory course examines the policies, laws and regulations applicable to important and controversial industry segments of the United States – the Internet and telecommunications. The course will cover wireline, wireless, cable, video, satellite, Internet and broadband technologies/services. The course will review how these exciting, dynamic platforms are converging. This study will begin with a review historical telecommunication (and broadcast) regulatory policy such as Universal Service that shaped the early industry. The course will discuss how these past regulatory approaches are intertwined with current policy debates such as Net Neutrality and Privacy. Topics will include the Communications Act of 1934 and the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This survey course will also address important subjects such as divestiture, mergers, scope of regulatory treatment, the “public interest” standard, “ancillary jurisdiction,” and use of valuable spectrum policies. Key terms and characteristics of the different modes of communication will be discussed. Interesting and current topics such as technological convergence and “permissionless innovation” and how to address the growth of social media will be discussed. The course will conclude with a look towards the future of regulation in these areas and what changes, if any, to related laws may be warranted in the future (e.g., how should Section 230 of the Telecom Act be amended).
One goal of the course is to introduce students to important policy and legal concepts and issues in industries and highlight the technology that impacts their daily lives (e.g., use of smartphones and the Internet of Things). In addition, perhaps the course will reveal an area of possible career interest whether it be in the government, industry, consumer or private practice arenas.
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