Communications Law and Policy: Cases and Materials
The Second Edition of Communications Law and Policy, by Jerry Kang (University of California, Los Angeles), will be published by Foundation Press. This teachable work provides a comprehensive introduction to the technology, economics, law, and policy of modern communications. Its unique strength is that it is organized by analytic concepts instead of current industry lines, which are constantly outdated by technological convergence. The basic ideas'power, entry, pricing, bad content, good content, structure, and access'equip students with a durable and yet flexible intellectual structure that can help parse a complex and ever-changing field. Replete with clear, concise technological and legal summaries, the text provides carefully edited opinions and FCC reports. Technical diagrams, flowcharts, concept maps, and mind maps also help students navigate between minutiae and the big picture. The Second Edition also expands coverage to include greater discussion of mobile telephony, the spectrum "commons," public broadcasting, direct broadcast satellite (DBS), media consolidation, local telephone competition, interconnection, Voice-Over-IP (VOIP), and "open access" to broadband pipes. A brand new 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, the Second Edition maintains the conceptual clarity and teachability of the first edition while providing greater coverage, currency, and detail. An updated companion website provides links to useful resources provided by government, industry, and other stakeholders. If you are looking to teach a complete communications class, and not just Cyber or Internet law, this casebook provides the most pedagogically coherent and sophisticated text available. For more information, consult the casebook's website: http://jerrykang.net/commlaw. "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 an anonymous teaching evaluation by Harvard 3L student, Spring 2004
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