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 George Mason University libraries in print or digital formats, search the Mason 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. On Lexis.
    • Broadband and Cable Industry Law (2016 Course Handbook), by Tara M. Corvo and Markham C. Erickson. On PLI Plus.
    • Cable Television and Other Non Broadcast Video: Law & Policy, by David L. Brenner et. al. On Westlaw.
  • Internet
    • Global Internet Law, by Michael Rustad, RESERVE K564.C6 R87 2014. Also on West Online Study Aids.
    • Internet and Online Law, by Ken D. Stuckey. On Lexis.  
    • Internet and Technology Law Desk Reference, by Michael D. Scott. On Westlaw.
    • Internet Law & Practice, by Joseph B. Fazio. On Westlaw.
    • Internet Law for the Business Lawyer, by Juliet M. Moringiello, KF 390.5 C6 I569 2012. 
    • Law of the Internet, by George B. Delta &  Jeffery H. Matsuura. KF390.5 .C6 D452 2017. Also on Westlaw.
  • Social Media
    • McGrady on Social Media, by Paul D. McGrady Jr. On Westlaw.
    • Social Media and the Law, by Kathryn L. Ossian (2013, Supp. 2016). On PLI Plus.


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).

Government Websites:

International Organizations:

Other Useful Websites:

Current Awareness:

  • Law360 > Telecommunications
  • BloombergBNA > Telecom Law Report 
  • 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 February 20, 2017