Broadband Economy – Current FCC Initiatives
(NOTE: This course was previously called “Broadband, Net Neutrality, and the Future of Media”) - In the Obama Administration's first term, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) addressed the future of media in the 21st century by, among other things, producing a National Broadband Plan and new "Open Internet" rules. In the second term, the FCC is continuing to make the expansion of wireline and wireless broadband a priority by updating universal service policies, implementing "incentive" auctions to free up spectrum, and holding public workshops to analyze the transition to IP networks. This course will review the FCC's major proceedings in these areas and debate the various policy proposals that are being offered by the FCC and others as solutions. Students will be graded based on class participation, assigned oral presentations, and several written essays due over the course of the semester. There are no prerequisites for the course.