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 The book is organized by analytic concepts instead of current industry lines, which are constantly made out-of-date by technological convergence.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, access, classification, (indecent) content, privacy, and intermediary—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 broadband regulation (“net neutrality”) and privacy 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 five 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.

Sample Pages

If you’re interested in the Casebook, here are some preview documents from the 5th edition (2016) (the Sixth Edition is forthcoming and available for Fall 2018 adoption).

For Faculty

Review Copy + Teacher’s Manual

The Teacher’s Manual for the fifth edition is now available if you contact Randi Kusumi.

Change Log


Since its initial release in 2001, the casebook has been used at the following institutions:

  1. Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
  2. Arkansas, Little Rock (William H. Bowen) School of Law
  3. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt)
  4. Brigham Young University School of Law
  5. Brooklyn Law School
  6. UC Davis School of Law
  7. UCLA School of Law
  8. Capital University Law School
  9. Cardozo Law School
  10. Catholic U. of America, Columbus School of Law
  11. Chicago-Kent College of Law
  12. Colorado State Univ.*
  13. Columbia Law School
  14. Florida, Levin College of Law
  15. Franklin Pierce Law Center
  16. Grand Valley
  17. Georgetown Law Center
  18. Harvard Law School
  19. Hofstra Univ. School of Law
  20. Houston
  21. Indiana Bloomington
  22. ITT-Chicago Kent School of Law
  23. Univ. of Kentucky School of Journalism & Telecommunications*
  24. Liverpool Law School, Univ. of Liverpool
  25. Loyola Univ. of New Orleans Law School
  26. Miami School of Law
  27. Michigan State
  28. Mississippi School of Law
  29. Univ. of Nebraska School of Law
  30. NYU University*
  31. Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  32. Oregon School of Law
  33. Pace Law School
  34. Penn State Dickinson School of Law
  35. Pepperdine Law School
  36. Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky Univ.
  37. San Diego School of Law
  38. St. Louis Univ. School of Law
  39. Seattle University School of Law
  40. Southern Methodist Univ. Dedman School of Law
  41. Southwestern Univ. School of Law
  42. Stanford Law School
  43. Thomas Cooley
  44. Washington College of Law, American University
  45. Wayne State
  46. 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.