Telecommunications | Intro to Telecom Industry & Management
T207 | 6790 | Pierce, M.

Semester: Fall 2009

Course Code: T207

Section Number: 6790

Instructor's Name: Matt Pierce

Name of the Course: Telecommunications Industry and Management

Course Description:    T207 introduces students to the major
telecommunications industries operating in the United States, their
history and how they are regulated.  It provides an overview of
broadcasting, cable television, telephony, and a variety of
other “players” in the telecommunications arena.  The course looks
at how technology is changing the telecommunications industry and
the business models used by industries to earn profits.

Major segments of the electronic communications industries include
programming, distribution, and sales (or funding in the case of non-
commercial media).  These segments of the industries can by affected
by technological developments, regulation and public policy, and how
they are managed.  All of these considerations will be covered in

The main goal is to give students a basic understanding of the wide
range of telecommunications providers, how they are evolving and
what affects their operations.  Class lectures and discussions will
supplement the assigned text.  The current text for this course is
Telecommunications: An Introduction to Electronic Media by Gross and

Students will be evaluated based upon performance on one writing
assignment, five in-class quizzes and two examinations.

The class meets 9:05AM - 9:55AM, MWF.

This course counts toward Social and Historical Studies distribution
requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. It may, or may
not, also count toward other degree requirements. For more
information about which requirements this course could fulfill see
the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin at
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