What’s New 4th Edition

Here are the major changes in the 4th edition.  The goal was to streamline the text so that students don’t get bogged down.  Also, I made important organizational improvements in Chapters 6 and 7.  As you can tell, the book is extremely current.

CHAPTER 1: POWER

  • • Cut introductory technological snippet from ACLU v. Reno (1996)
  • • Cut Note: Studying Technology
  • • Cut Part A.2. Computer Networks
  • • Cut Part D. Power Reconfigured

CHAPTER 2: ENTRY

  • • Added principal case in Part A.4. Mobile Telephony: MetroPCS v. San Francisco (9th Cir. 2005) (discussing discrimination and effective prohibition claims re antenna siting)

CHAPTER 4: BAD CONTENT

  • • Compressed lengthy transcript of George Carlin’s monologue into a paragraph quote
  • • Replaced principal case: The 2nd Circuit opinion in FCC v. Fox was replaced with the Supreme Court opinion in FCC v. Fox (2009).
  • • Compressed Indecent Communications by Telephone into Note: Dial-a-porn Regulations
  • • Cut Note: Denver Area
  • • Cut Wagner, Filters and First Amendment
  • • Compressed American Library Association case into Note: Children’s Internet Protection Act
  • • Cut Note: Content Contol Strategies

CHAPTER 6: CONSOLIDATION

  • • Cut Note: Brief History of Broadcast Consolidation Rules
  • • Added Note: Ownership Regulations
  • • Recharacterized Part A.3. Goliath as Cross-Ownership Rules with substantial reorganization
  • • Cut most of Metro Broadcasting v. FCC, and compressed the Note: Rise of Affirmative Action and Note: Demise of Affirmative Action into a single Note: Rise and Demise of Affirmative Action
  • • Added Note: Diversity Order

CHAPTER 7: ACCESS

  • • Moved Cable TV Part to come after Broadcast TV
  • • Cut Part C.2. Third Party Porn and Denver Area case
  • • Added Part B.2. MSO Dominance to parallel Part A.2 Network Dominance
  • • Added Open Internet R&O

CHAPTER 8: CLASSIFICATION

  • • Compressed technical material in Advanced Telecommunications Capability Report
  • • Cut Comcast Net Neutrality Order
  • • Added Comcast v. FCC (D.C. Cir. 2010)
  • • Added Open Internet R&O