Telecommunications Law and Policy

Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing and Networks and Infrastructure

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Stuart Benjamin, Doug Lichtman, Howard Shelanski and Philip J. Weiser


2nd ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2006


This casebook surveys telecommunications law.

Policy Relevance

Like other utilities, telephone and wireless services in the United States tend to be regulated differently from many other businesses.

Main Points

  • Telecommunications law in the United States covers
    • Regulation of the electromagnetic spectrum used by radio and television broadcasters.
    • Rules governing the content of radio and television broadcasts, such as “indecency,” including constitutional issues.
    • Regulation of local and long distance telephone service.
    • Cable television regulation. 
    • Jurisdictional and administrative law issues.

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