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This teachable work provides a comprehensive introduction to the technology, economics, law, and policy of modern communications. The book is organized by analytic concepts instead of current industry lines, which are constantly made out-of-date by technological convergence. The basic ideas—power, entry, pricing, bad content, good content, consolidation, access, and classification—equip students with a durable and yet flexible intellectual structure that can help parse a complex and ever-changing field.
Replete with concise technological and legal summaries, the text provides carefully edited opinions and FCC reports. It provides “just-in-time” delivery of the text of statutes and regulations so that students get accustomed to parsing statutory material as they analyze legal questions. Technical diagrams, flowcharts, and mind maps also help students navigate between minutiae and the big picture.
This edition covers all major communications industries including broadcast radio and TV, cable TV, DBS, wireline and mobile telephony, and the Internet. Cutting edge issues such as Voice-Over-IP (VOIP), IPTV and the Open Internet (“net neutrality”) are also discussed. A useful Research Appendix provides the definitive guide on how to research communications law with clear explanations of the FCC rulemaking process and the documents generated along the way.
With myriad refinements and substantial additions, this edition maintains the conceptual clarity of the first three editions while improving on lean coverage, currency, and teachability. An updated companion website provides links to useful resources from government, industry, and other stakeholders.
If you are looking to teach a complete communications class, and not just a cyberlaw or Internet seminar, this casebook provides the most pedagogically coherent choice.
If you’re interested in the Casebook, here are some preview documents from the 4th edition (2012) (available for Spring 2012 adoption).
Since its initial release in 2001, the casebook has been used at the following institutions:
- Arkansas, Little Rock (William H. Bowen) School of Law
- Berkeley School of Law (Boalt)
- Brigham Young University School of Law
- Brooklyn Law School
- UC Davis School of Law
- UCLA School of Law
- Capital University Law School
- Cardozo Law School
- Catholic U. of America, Columbus School of Law
- Chicago-Kent College of Law
- Colorado State Univ.*
- Columbia Law School
- Florida, Levin College of Law
- Franklin Pierce Law Center
- Grand Valley
- Georgetown Law Center
- Harvard Law School
- Hofstra Univ. School of Law
- Indiana Bloomington
- ITT-Chicago Kent School of Law
- Univ. of Kentucky School of Journalism & Telecommunications*
- Liverpool Law School, Univ. of Liverpool
- Loyola Univ. of New Orleans Law School
- Miami School of Law
- Michigan State
- Mississippi School of Law
- Univ. of Nebraska School of Law
- NYU University*
- Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
- Oregon School of Law
- Pace Law School
- Penn State Dickinson School of Law
- Pepperdine Law School
- Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky Univ.
- San Diego School of Law
- St. Louis Univ. School of Law
- Seattle University School of Law
- Southern Methodist Univ. Dedman School of Law
- Southwestern Univ. School of Law
- Stanford Law School
- Thomas Cooley
- Washington College of Law, American University
- Wayne State
- Webster Univ, Business Management (Denver, CO)*
I especially invite new teachers to consider using this teachable casebook. The Teacher’s Manual is extensive, and I am always responsive to any questions and suggestions.
* If you’re not teaching at a law school, you’re not alone. The starred entries indicate non-law school adoptions.