Summer 2011 Section 001
Law 398: Broadband Economy – Current FCC Initiatives

Schedule: Eve Class
Instructor(s): Sockett, Lisa
Credit Hours: 2
CRN: 41723
Day(s): Tuesday, Thursday
Location: Hazel Hall 412
Time: 4:00pm-5:50pm
Enrollment Limit: Please see Patriot Web
Online: Online access through TWEN
Writing Course
Syllabus: Go to syllabus
Course Documents:
Exam Date/Time: no exam-2011
Prerequisites: None
General Description: (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.