Course Details

Broadband Policy

This course principally explores the telecommunications industry, defined broadly to include broadcasting, telephony (including data communications), cable television, and the Internet. This is a course - not a seminar, and so the materials will principally be cases, regulatory materials, and a smattering of popular press articles. The framework for this course will be theories of regulation, including both current regulation and the historical models of regulation which still continue to influence law and policy toward these media as well as emerging media. And, so, students who are interested in other types of regulation -- utility regulation, IP regulation, environmental regulation, etc. -- will garner frameworks useful for many, many areas of law. Similarly, this isn't just regulatory history: the course will examine modern case studies, such as net neutrality, the regulation of Google and Facebook, as well as analogous case-studies in related industries such as ride-sharing. In addition to economic regulation, the course considers free speech, privacy, universal service, and associated issues central to the communications law space. There are no prerequisites for the course, although the course itself will include numerous concepts from administrative law, antitrust, and economics.

Catalog Number: CONPUB 732
Additional Course Information: Business Concentration Elective,  Research Writing


Course History

Spring 2020
Title: Broadband Policy
Faculty: Speta, James B. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 70     Actual: 27

Fall 2017
Title: Telecommunications and Internet Policy
Faculty: Speta, James B. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 19