(LAWP-4004) - 3 UNITS
This course covers the law and economics of the major communications industries television, radio, telephone (wireline and wireless), cable, satellite and the Internet (including VoIP, IPTV and "Net Neutrality"). Although this is primarily a regulatory course, we will also cover topics in constitutional law (e.g., free speech on the Internet), entertainment, copyright and antitrust law. Technical overviews will be provided where useful to an understanding of regulatory policies and business structures, but no technical background is needed.
Telecommunications is one of the largest sectors of the global economy and is vital to all business and social interaction. As the knowledge economy expands into new technologies and across borders, it will become a larger part of legal practice and social policy.