[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

  • 6th edition now available (as of 2018 08 01)
    • Physical copies ($49.99) from Amazon
      • Note that current print edition is missing Figure 1.4 on page 20. That figure is available here.
    • Kindle version ($9.99) from Amazon 
      • Notice that in the Kindle version we use endnotes, rather than footnotes. These endnote references do not match the footnote symbols in the print version, and not all endnotes are consecutively numbered, but the hyperlinks are correct.
    • For information regarding the Teacher’s Manual, please contact Randi Kusumi
    • We left Foundation as the publisher.
      • The last Foundation edition is the 4th edition published in 2012.
      • The 2015 electronic supplement to the 4th edition (84 pages PDF) (udpated November 08, 2015)
  • Coming soon:
    • Revised Teacher’s Manual for 6th edition (estimated August 2018)

Welcome to the web supplement to Jerry Kang and Alan Butler, Communications Law & Policy (5th ed. 2016).  (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.

Here’s an unsolicited email from a former student, which well 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,
[anonymous student]

Feedback always appreciated.