Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age / Edition 1

Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age / Edition 1

by Jonathan E. Nuechterlein, Philip J. Weiser
     
 

ISBN-10: 026264066X

ISBN-13: 9780262640664

Pub. Date: 03/30/2007

Publisher: MIT Press

With a new preface for the paperback editionTelecommunications policy profoundly affects the economy and our everyday lives. Yet accounts of important telecommunications issues tend to be either superficial (and inaccurate) or mired in jargon and technical esoterica. In Digital
Crossroads, Jonathan Nuechterlein and Philip Weiser offer a clear, balanced, and

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With a new preface for the paperback editionTelecommunications policy profoundly affects the economy and our everyday lives. Yet accounts of important telecommunications issues tend to be either superficial (and inaccurate) or mired in jargon and technical esoterica. In Digital
Crossroads, Jonathan Nuechterlein and Philip Weiser offer a clear, balanced, and accessible analysis of competition policy issues in the telecommunications industry. After giving a big picture overview of the field, they present sharply reasoned analyses of the major technological, economic, and legal developments confronting communications policymakers in the twenty-first century.Since the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, when Congress fundamentally reoriented the existing regulatory scheme, no book has cogently explained the intricacies of telecommunications competition policy in the Internet age for general readers, students, and practitioners alike. Digital
Crossroads meets this need, focusing on the regulatory dimensions of competition in wireline and wireless telephone service; competition among rival platforms for broadband Internet service and video distribution; and the Internet's transformation of every aspect of the telecommunications industry, particularly through the emergence of "voice over Internet protocol" (VoIP). The authors explain not just the complicated legal issues governing the industry, but also the rapidly changing technological and economic context in which these issues arise. The book includes extensive endnotes and tables that cover relevant court decisions, FCC orders, and academic commentaries; a glossary of acronyms; a statutory addendum containing the most important provisions of federal telecommunications law; and two appendixes with information on more specialized topics.
Supplementary materials for students are available at http://spot.colorado.edu/~weiserpj.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262640664
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/30/2007
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
702
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1The big picture1
2Introduction to wireline telecommunications31
3Wireline competition under the 1996 Act69
4A primer on Internet technology115
5Monopoly leveraging concerns and the Internet149
6VoIP and proposals for "horizontal" regulation191
7The spectrum225
8Mobile wireless services261
9Intercarrier compensation291
10Universal service in the age of competition333
11Competition in the delivery of television programming357
12Telecommunications standards, technological transitions, and digital television385
13The future of telecommunications policy407
App. AThe pricing of network elements431
App. BEnforcement mechanisms under the 1996 Act455

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