This research guide focuses on resources covering a number of topics in Communications Law, including: radio, television, wire, satellite, cable, and the Internet. For additional information, please consult the law library's related research guides:  Intellectual Property, Federal Administrative Law

Research, Reference & Dictionaries:


This list reflects a substantial number of the Law Library's current treatises. For additional works held by GMU libraries in print or digital formats, search the GMU Library Catalog. Useful subject headings include: Telecommunication--Law and legislation, Television--Law and legislation, Radio--Law and legislation, Mass media--Law and legislation, and Internet--Law and legislation.

  • Cable and Broadband 
    • All About Cable and Broadband, by James C. Goodale and Rob Frieden (Lexis; GMUSL only).
    • Broadband and Cable Industry Law (Course Handbook), by Howard J. Symons and Tara M. Corvo (Practising Law Institute Discover Plus).
    • Cable Television and Other Non Broadcast Video: Law & Policy, by David L. Brenner et. al. ( Westlaw; GMUSL only).
  • Internet
    • Global Internet Law (West Hornbook), by Michael L. Rustad, K 564.C6 R87 (also available on West Study Aids, GMUSL only).
    • Internet and Online Law, by Ken D. Stuckey  (on Lexis; GMUSL only).  
    • Internet and Technology Law Desk Reference, by Michael D. Scott (Westlaw, GMUSL only).
    • Internet Law & Practice, by Joseph B. Fazio ( Westlaw, GMUSL only).
    • Internet Law for the Business Lawyer, Juliet M. Moringiello, KF 390.5 C6 B76. 
    • Law of the Internet, by George B. Delta &  Jeffery H. Matsuura. KF390.5 .C6 D452 (also on Westlaw; GMUSL only).


Bloomberg BNA Resources:

The Library subscribes to BNA-All electronic databases. Please see that full list for additional databases.

Legislation & Legislative History:

  • CQ Press Library - search for information about politics and Congress in many CQ Press publications.
  • - stay abreast of current legislation as it moves through Congress, or see legislative information for bills since 1973.
  • ProQuest Legislative Insight - to search for compiled legislative histories that include all documents, full text, in PDF format.
  • ProQuest Congressional - search for congressional documents since 1776 by title, number, keyword, and more. Documents available in PDF format.

FCC Record:

FCC adjudicative decisions, Reports & Orders (R&O), and Memorandum Opinion & Orders (MO&O) are printed in the FCC Record and its predecessor the FCC Reports. A brief description of these documents is available in the three-page guide: Sara Kelley Burriesci, Introduction to Federal Communications Law Sources, 53(4) Law Library Lights 21 (2010). PDF file

The predecessor of the FCC Record is the FCC Reports (F.C.C. 1936-1965, and F.C.C.2d 1965-1986). It is available in print in the Law Library's Archives and in PDF in LLMC Digital.

Government Websites:

International Organizations:

Other Useful Websites:

Current Awareness:

  • Gartner a daily resource for news and in-depth analysis on virtually all aspects of technology
  • Proquest Telecommunications  provides full-text journal articles covering areas of : telecommunications, computer applications, data communication, data transmission systems, electronic data processing, information science and theory, radio and television, and wireless communication.

Last updated July 15, 2015