Telecommunications Law and Policy / Edition 3

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This book engages in advanced analysis of the key constitutional, administrative, and economic issues that arise in the various telecommunications settings. Like its predecessors, the third edition offers a comprehensive yet lively and accessible introduction to the various regulatory regimes applicable to telecommunications. The authors have thoroughly revised the book in light of developments since the second edition. They have also restructured the book to reflect both the convergence and the balkanization that exist in the regulatory landscape.

The third edition contains discussions and excerpts from important legal materials?—?the cases and FCC documents that define regulatory policy today?—?designed to help readers understand the legal regime, technologies, economic principles, and business strategies that undergird the modern telecommunications market. The authors have streamlined much of the older material, resulting in a more compact casebook that allows readers to understand current controversies and regulatory strategies as well as the historical developments that led to them. The book is designed to be user friendly without sacrificing depth. Summaries and previews at the start of each set of readings help students know what to read for and questions at the end of each set encourage students to think critically about those materials.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594608926
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2011
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 976
  • Sales rank: 607,093
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Minor Benjamin is a Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law. Howard Shelanski is a Professor of Law and Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at UC Berkeley School of Law. James Speta is a Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law. Philip Weiser is a Professor of Law at University of Colorado Law School.

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Table of Contents

Table of Materials
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Introduction: A Regulatory Overview 3
Pt. 1 Broadcast and Spectrum Regulation 9
Ch. 1 An Introduction to Broadcast Regulation 11
Ch. 2 Why Regulation Broadcast? 35
Ch. 3 How We Regulate Broadcast 57
Ch. 4 License Hearings at the FCC (1934-1998) 81
Ch. 5 The Transition from Hearings to Auctions 139
Ch. 6 The Licensee as Public Trustee 157
Ch. 7 Fostering Competition in Broadcasting 289
Ch. 8 Case Studies in Low Power FM Radio and Digital Television 325
Pt. 2 Cable Television 369
Ch. 9 Cable Basics and the Early History 371
Ch. 10 Rate Regulation and Local Franchise Authority 413
Ch. 11 The Broadcast/Cable Relationship 441
Ch. 12 Structural Limitations 499
Ch. 13 Direct Broadcast Satellite 541
Ch. 14 Indecency Revisited 567
Pt. 3 Telephone Regulation 603
Ch. 15 An Introduction to Telephone Regulation 605
Ch. 16 Breakup of the Bell Monopoly 641
Ch. 17 Issues Post-Divestiture 681
Ch. 18 The Telecommunications Act of 1996 715
Ch. 19 Mergers and Acquisitions 793
Pt. 4 The Internet and Advanced Services 825
Ch. 20 The Internet and its Regulation 825
Ch. 21 Advanced Services and Internet Architecture 867
Ch. 22 Characterizing Internet Service Providers 927
Ch. 23 Why an FCC? 951
Statutory Appendix 979
Conceptual Index and Telecommunications Glossary 1045
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