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Public Law Seminar: Telecommunications and Technology Policy Advocacy
J.D. Seminar 1168 | 2 credit hours
This seminar examines the federal policy-making process in telecommunications and technology, with a particular focus on telecommunications law (Title 47 of the United States Code and Code of Federal Regulations) and selected elements of copyright, privacy, and antitrust law. Students are exposed to the ways in which telecommunications and technology public policy is made, not simply how it is applied. Using case studies in copyright, privacy, Internet access, wireless broadband spectrum, and media, students will learn how Congress, the White House, executive agencies like the Commerce Department, and independent agencies such as the FCC and FTC shape policy directly impacting the technology and telecommunications sectors. We also examine how politics (at its best and worst), press coverage, social media, and grassroots advocacy play a critical role in shaping federal policy decisions.
Recommended: Administrative Law, Telecommunications Law, or Legislation.
The first meeting of this class will not be on Wednesday, September 4, because of the Rosh Hashanah holiday. The first class will be held instead on Wednesday, September 11. Professor Goodfriend will schedule a make-up class for the September 4 session at a later date.