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LAWS 6693 Telecommunications Law (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course surveys the basic principles underpinning our nation's telecommunications laws. We will explore the legal and regulatory treatment of several related telecommunications services, including landline telephone, wireless, cable, and internet service, and how technological developments have challenged the existing legal framework. The course will focus on administrative and statutory law, paying special attention to the design and implementation of the Communications Act of 1934. The course will also address the role of antitrust, intellectual property and constitutional law (particularly the First Amendment) in shaping our nation's telecommunications landscape. Finally, the course will consider the role played by state and federal agencies, such as state public utility commissions and the Federal Communications Commission, in developing and administering telecommunications policy.


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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13