Course Details

Regulation: Tech and Telecom

This course, on a compressed three-day time schedule, will cover three major topics in the regulation of technology and telecommunications companies: (a) privacy, (b) network neutrality, and (c) media ownership, defined very broadly. Our discussion of privacy will cover the many meanings of privacy, explain the many government institutions and policy regimes that deal with privacy, and then focus on real-world case studies in which privacy concerns sparked public controversy. Our discussion of net neutrality will focus on the many arguments for and against, but will also include some excerpts of the important cases on the subject. Our discussion of media ownership will include an introduction to competition policy (including the FCC's role in it), a discussion of competitive concerns that arise in disputes between technology companies and copyright owners, and a consideration of recent or pending media mergers. The goals across all three topics will be to illustrate that technology and telecommunications companies operate in a complex regulatory environment, to consider which government policies have been most effective, and to discuss which business strategies have been effective.

Catalog Number: REGLAW 935-0


Course History

Spring 2016
Title: Regulation: Tech and Telecom
Faculty: Speta, James B. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 24     Actual: 11

Spring 2015
Title: Regulation: Tech and Telecom
Faculty: DiCola, Peter C. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 5