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Digital Crossroads American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age

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ISBN-10: 0262140918

ISBN-13: 9780262140911

Edition: 2005

Authors: Jonathan E. Nuechterlein, Philip J. Weiser

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Telecommunications policy profoundly affects the economy and our everyday lives. Yet accounts of important telecommunications issues tend to be either superficial (and inaccurate) or mired in jargon and technical esoterica. In Digital Crossroads, Jonathan Nuechterlein and Philip Weiser offer a clear, balanced, and accessible analysis of competition policy issues in the telecommunications industry. After giving a big picture overview of the field, they present sharply reasoned analyses of the major technological, economic, and legal developments confronting communications policymakers in the twenty-first century. Since the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, when Congress fundamentally reoriented the existing regulatory scheme, no book has cogently explained the intricacies of telecommunications competition policy in the Internet age for general readers, students, and practitioners alike. Digital Crossroadsmeets this need, focusing on the regulatory dimensions of competition in wireline and wireless telephone service; competition among rival platforms for broadband Internet service and video distribution; and the Internet's transformation of every aspect of the telecommunications industry, particularly through the emergence of "voice over Internet protocol" (VoIP). The authors explain not just the complicated legal issues governing the industry, but also the rapidly changing technological and economic context in which these issues arise. The book includes extensive endnotes and tables that cover relevant court decisions, FCC orders, and academic commentaries; a glossary of acronyms; a statutory addendum containing the most important provisions of federal telecommunications law; and two appendixes with information on more specialized topics. Supplementary materials for students are available at
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/4/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 702
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Philip J. Weiser is Dean of the Law School, Thompson Professor of Law and Telecommunications,and Founder and Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, andEntrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Boulder. From 2009 to 2010, he was Deputy AssistantAttorney General, and from 2010 to 2011, he was a Senior Adviser on Technology and Innovation at theNational Economic Council in the White House under President Obama.

The Big Picture
Introduction to Wireline Telecommunications
Wireline Competition Under the 1996 Act
A Primer on Internet Technology
Monopoly Leveraging Concerns and the Internet
VoIP and Proposals for "Horizontal" Regulation
The Spectrum
Mobile Wireless Services
Intercarrier Compensation
Universal Service in the Age of Competition
Competition in the Delivery of Television Programming
Telecommunications Standards, Technological Transitions, and Digital Television
The Future of Telecommunications Policy
The Pricing of Network Elements
Enforcement Mechanisms Under the 1996 Act
Statutory Addendum
List of Notable Commentaries
Table of Authorities
Glossary of Acronyms