SEMINAR: ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS

AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LAW

Professors NICHOLAS W. ALLARD & JOHN W. BERRESFORD

 

Mondays- 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Nicholas W. Allard
Phone: (202) 637-2286
Fax: (202) 637-2201
email: nick.allard@lw.com

John W. Berresford
Phone: (202) 418-1886
email: jberresf@fcc.gov

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This seminar builds on materials covered in other courses offered in the law school curriculum. The seminar will provide students, who have basic familiarity with the field, the opportunity to explore issues in depth and to examine new subjects that are typically beyond the scope of introductory survey courses in Antirust, Communications and Information Technology Law. This seminar will enable students to consider leading policy debates and to evaluate what the legal and regulatory framework of the future should be. These common themes will serve to tie together the seminar’s rapid coverage of many different topics ranging from broadcasting to Satellites to Internet Businesses, from Antitrust to Universal Service policies, from U.S. Domestic Communications Law to rapidly changing International Regulation, and the emergence of new U.S. and International Privacy Rules governing Electronic Commerce.

This seminar is open to students who have taken Communications Law, Law& Order in Cyberspace, or Antitrust Law, or who receive the permission of either instructor.

Course Requirements:

Paper 40%
Exam 40%
Participation 20%

WEEK 1: OVER-THE-AIR BROADCASING: WHO NEEDS IT ANYMORE?

Handouts pp. 1-33.

WEEK 2: SATELLITES

Required:

Communications Satellite Act of 1962, Pub. L. No. 87-624, 76 Stat. 419 (codified as amended at 47 U.S.C. § 701-44 (1997)).

Open-market Reorganization for the Betterment of International Telecommunications Act, S.376, 106th Cong. (1999).

This bill can also be found at: http: www.techlawjournal.com

Suggested:

U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China, H.R. Rep. No. 105-851, at ii – xxxv (1999).

The Cox Report can also be found at: http://www.house.gov/coxreport/

In the Matter of Amendment to the Commission’s Regulatory Policies Governing Domestic Fixed Satellites and Separate International Satellite Systems, 11 F.C.C.R. 2429, 2429-41 (1996)("DISCO I").

In the Matter of Amendment of the Commission’s Regulatory Policies to Allow Non-U.S.- Licensed Space Stations to Provide Domestic and International Satellite Service in the United States, 11 F.C.C.R. 18,178, 18,178-206 (1996)("DISCO II").

Robert Frieden, Getting Closer to the Source: New Policies for International Satellite Access, 37 Fed. Com. L.J. 293 (1985).

Optional:

Henry Wong, A Space Legislation Odyssey - - A Proposed Model for Reforming the Intergovernmental Satellite Organizations, 48 Am. U. L. Rev. 547 (1998).

Helen Gavaghan, Something New Under the Sun: Satellites and the Beginning of the Space Age (1998).

Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, H.R. Rep. No. 87-1636 (1962).

Committee on Commerce, S. Rep. No. 87-1584 (1962).

Committee on Foreign Relations, S. Rep. No. 87-1873 (1962).

Minority Views on H.R. 11,040, 87-1873, at Part 2 (1962).

WEEK 3: THE FCC’S UNKNOWN POWER: SETTING TECHNICAL STANDARDS

Handouts pp. 1-38.

Week 4: Spectrum Auctions

Required:

FCC Report to Congress on Spectrum Auctions, Report, 13 F.C.C.R. 9601, 9612 (1997).

http://www.fcc.gov/wtb/auctions

Suggested:

Nicholas W. Allard, The New Spectrum Auction Law, 18 Seton Hall Legis. J. 13, 13-39 (1993).

Optional:

Brian C. Fritts, Private Property, Economic Efficiency, and Spectrum Policy in the Wake of the C Block Auction, 51 Fed. Comm. L.J. 849 (1999).

Tara Susan Becht, The General Wireless Communications Service: FCC Spectrum Traffic Cop or Broker?, 4 CommLaw Conspectus 95 (1996).

WEEK 5: CONSUMER PROTECTION

Handouts pp. 1-27.

Week 6: FCC & the Internet

Required:

Kevin Werbach, Digital Tornado: The Internet and Telecommunication Policy, Federal Communications Commission, OPP Working Paper (Mar. 1997).

http://www.fcc.gov

Jason Oxman, The FCC and the Unregulation of the Internet, Federal Communications Commission, OPP Working Paper No. 31 (July 1999).

http://www.fcc.gov

Suggested:

William E. Kennard, A New Federal Communications Commission for the 21st Century, FCC Report (Mar. 1999).

http://www.fcc.gov/21st_century/

Rachelle Chong, Controlling Tendencies: The FCC is Preparing to Regulate Internet Telephony, 62 Red Herring Mag., Jan. 1999.

http://www.redherring.com/mag/issue62/think.html/

Optional:

Barbara Esbin, Internet Over Cable: Defining the Future in Terms of the Past, Federal Communications Commission, OPP Working Paper No. 30 (Aug. 1998).

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1998/db980903/nrop8001.html

Week 7: Competition among networks

Handouts pp. 1-39.

Week 8: Universal Service

Required:

Telecommunications Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-104, 110 Stat. 56 (Codified in scattered sections 47 U.S.C.A. (West Supp. 1997)).

William E. Kennard, Equality in the Information Age, 51 Fed. Com. L.J. 553 (1999).

Suggested:

Vice President, Al Gore, Should Schools be Wired to the Internet?, 151 Time Mag., May 25, 1998, at 20.

http://cgi.pathfinder.com/time/magazine/1998/dom/980525/nation.should_schools_be31.html

Allen S. Hammond, IV, Universal Service in the Digital Age: The Telecommunications Act of 1996: Codifying the Digital Divide, 50 Fed. Com. L.J. 179 (1997).

Falling Through the Net: Defining the Digital Divide, Report on the Telecommunications and Information Technology Gap in America; National Telecommunications and Information Administration (U.S. Dept. of Commerce July 1999).

Optional:

Matthew C. Ames, Testimony Before the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee (July 29, 1999).

http://www.house.gov/judiciary/ames0729.htm

Christopher J. Wright, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Oversight of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Hearing on the Funding Mechanisms of the "E-Rate" Program (Aug. 4, 1998).

http://www.house.gov/ways_means/oversite/testmony/8-4-98/8-4wrig.htm

Harold W. Furchtgott-Roth, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Oversight of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Hearing on the Funding Mechanisms of the "E-Rate" Program (Aug. 4, 1998).

http://www.house.gov/ways_means/oversite/testmony/8-4-98/8-4furc.htm

Earl Blumenauer, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Oversight of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Hearing on the Funding Mechanisms of the "E-Rate" Program (Aug. 4, 1998).

http://www.house.gov/ways_means/oversite/testmony/8-4-98/8-4blum.htm

Week 9: Jurisdiction

Handouts pp. 1-17.

Week 10: Privacy

Required:

Self-Regulation and Privacy Online: A Report to Congress, Federal Trade Commission, July 1999.

http://www.ftc.gov/os/1999/9907/pt071399.htm

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, Pub. L. No. 105-277, § 1301-08, 112 Stat. 2681-728 (1998).

Online Privacy Protection Act, S.809, 106th Cong. (1999).

Suggested:

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule; Proposed Rule, 16 C.F.R. pt. 312 (1999).

Robert E. Litan, Balancing Costs and Benefits of New Privacy Mandates, Working Paper 99-3, AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, April 1999.

http://www.aei.brookings.org/publications/working/working.htm

Advertising and Marketing on the Internet: The Rules of the Road, Federal Trade Commission, April 1998. http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/ruleroad.htm

Privacy Online: A Report to Congress, Federal Trade Commission, June 1998.

Optional:

New Commerce Report Shows Dramatic Growth in Number of Americans Connected to the Internet, U.S. Dept. of Commerce News, July 8, 1999.

Nicholas W. Allard, Privacy On-line: Washington Report, 20 Hastings L.J. 511 (1998).

Sri Ramakrishnan, Online but Off Track, Wash. Post, July 22, 1999, at E12.

John McCain, Statement for Online Privacy Hearing, S.809, Before the Subcommittee on Communications of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (July 27, 1999).

Robert Pitofsky, Statement for Online Privacy Hearing, S.809, Before the Subcommittee on Communications of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (July 27, 1999).

Shelia F. Anthony, Statement for Online Privacy Hearing, S.809, Before the Subcommittee on Communications of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (July 27, 1999) (concurring in part and dissenting in part with FTC’s statement).

Deirdre Mulligan, Statement for Online Privacy Hearing, S.809, Before the Subcommittee on Communications of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (July 27, 1999).

Marc Rotenberg, Statement and Testimony for Online Privacy Hearing, S.809, Before the Subcommittee on Communications of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (July 27, 1999).

Christine Varney, Statement and Testimony for Online Privacy Hearing, S. 809, Before the Subcommittee on Communications of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (July 27, 1999).

Jill Lesser, Statement and Testimony for Online Privacy Hearing, S. 809, Before the Subcommittee on Communications of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (July 27, 1999).

Week 11: Broadband - - Part 1

Handouts pp. 1-34.

Week 12: The Evolving International Regulatory framework

Required:

Cable & Wireless P.L.C. v. F.C.C., 166 F.3d 1224 (D.C. Cir. 1999).

Lawrence J. Spiwak, From International Competitive Carrier to the WTO: A Survey of the FCC’s International Telecommunications Policy Initiatives 1985-98, 51 Fed. Com. L.J. 111 (1998) (skim relevant portions).

Suggested:

WTO Materials: Rules and Policies on Foreign Participation in the U.S. Telecommunications Market, 1B Docket 97-142 and Market Entry and Regulation of Foreign Affiliated Entities, 1b Docket No. 95-22, FCC 97-398 (Nov. 26, 1997).

http://www.fcc.gov/ib/wto.html

In the Matter of International Settlement Rates, 12 F.C.C.R. 19,806 (1997).

Optional:

Laura B. Sherman, "Wildly Enthusiastic" About the First Multilateral Agreement on Trade in Telecommunications Services, 51 Fed. Com. L.J. 61 (1998).

Tanunya L. McLarty, Liberalized Telecommunications Trade in the WTO: Implications for Universal Service Policy, 51 Fed. Com. L.J. 1 (1998).

Week 13: Broadband - - Part II

Handouts pp. 35-55.

Week 14: Content Control

Topics discussed will include: Campaign Finance Reform (debate over public interest obligations of broadcasters); V-Chip & Software Filtering Provisions; Intellectual Property Issues including the reauthorization of the Satellite Home Viewer Act; Retransmission Consent and Must Carry; Rules Pertaining to Heavily Regulated Activities such as gaming, pornography, securities, and advertising.

** Handouts for this week will be provided **

Useful Web-sites:

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menu-internet.htm

Materials and latest report by the House Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology Chaired by Steve Horn (RCA):

http://www.house.gov/reform/gmit/y2k/index.htm

http://www.fcc.gov/ccb/universal_service/docsold.html

http://www.techlawjournal.com