[Comm Law Book]

“This is the Best casebook I have purchased for a HLS class and is the best investment I have made in Books in my three years here.”

— from anonymous teaching evaluation,
by Harvard 3L student, Spring 2004

What’s New

  • ➡ 2016 03 30: Leaving Foundation. Next edition will be self-published, available for Fall 2016 adoption, at a much cheaper price.The principal reason for leaving Foundation is that I would like to make the book more broadly available at a cheaper price. I’ve taken on a co-author, Alan Butler, who is currently Senior Counsel at EPIC. With Alan’s help, the plan is to revise the book in Spring 2016 and self-publish in July 2016, with easy purchases/downloads through one of the major platforms.  I’m committing to a substantially revised edition available for adoption in Fall 2016. More news will be updated here.
  • The last Foundation edition is the 4th edition published in 2012.
  • The 2015 electronic supplement is now online (84 pages PDF) (udpated November 08, 2015)

Welcome to the web supplement to Jerry Kang, Communications Law & Policy (4th ed. Foundation 2012).  (If you are UCLA School of Law student looking for the next assignment, get to my Commlaw course page.)

For students and faculty who are using the casebook, here are links to useful supplemental materials. You’ll find links to background information, government agencies, key stakeholders and litigants, and the kinds of information that a curious student of the field would find useful.

If you are considering adopting this book, take a look around and get a sense of how the book is uniquely organized. The Preview section includes pdfs of the preface and table of contents. Each of the chapter pages include pdf excerpt files that show the first few pages of the chapter.   Questions and inquires are welcome.

Learning communications law and policy is extraordinarily challenging but extremely important. I’ve tried my best to create a casebook that will be a rewarding educational experience. Here’s an unsolicited email I received recently, which reflects the goal of the book (shared with permission):

Dear Professor Kang,

   I am writing to express my gratitude for your wonderful Communications Law & Policy course at UCLA last semester. I am a [foreign] LL.M student, who studied at UCLA last year and graduated in May 2011.
   I remember how you said several times that only a few students would probably work in telecommunications, and at that time I couldn’t imagine that I would be one of them. But I am now working for a legal department of a mobile phone operator in New Zealand. I can’t express enough how useful your course turned out to be for my job. It was one of the most challenging, but definitely the most rewarding and informative classes for me at UCLA. My boss and my colleagues have been very impressed by my knowledge, the amazingly broad perspective your course gives to students, the syllabus of the course and what we managed to covered in 6 months. The course and your manner of teaching is very forward-looking and very current. Anything like that doesn’t exist neither in my home country, nor here. The course has been a great starting point for me and there hasn’t been a single time when I felt lost or confused when I was given an assignment. Of course, I am learning new things every day and the job is very challenging, but I am ready to face any difficulties, having such good backup.
   I hope you continue to teach this great course to students from all over the world and we, in turn, will do our best to put the knowledge we got into practice and be the best in our areas of practice.
  Thank you again for your such professional, yet personal and passionate approach to teaching. I hope you have a great year.
Best regards,

Feedback always appreciated.