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Access to Communications Services in the Digital Age
J.D. Course 1140 (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
The advent of the Internet has spawned massive leaps in technology and the way Americans use communication services to reach that technology. Cell phones have moved from cumbersome devices used by a few for a limited purpose, to mobile computers that outnumber potential users. The Internet has become the source of government services, education and health care; and its role in people’s lives is still increasing. This course will explore law and government policy as it tries to keep up with these changes. Students will explore the evolution of “universal service” support from a small program intended to support a single provider to provide telephone service to remote areas that are costly to serve, to a multi-faceted program that collects billions of dollars independent of taxing authority, and distributes them in efforts to bring the benefits of new technology to all citizens.
Recommended: An introductory course in telecommunications policy may be useful, but is not required.