This course analyzes the law related to the major industries regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (broadcasting, cable, television, radio, telephone, and other data transmission.) The course will include discussion of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which rewrote national policy about competition and regulation in all of the major communications technologies and the way jurisdiction to regulate communications markets is shared between the federal and state governments.
Grading and Method of Evaluation:
Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam. With permission of the instructor, a number of students may write a paper that satisfies the UCWR in lieu of the final exam.