Telecommunications | Telecommunications Regulation
T425 | 6823 | McGregor, M.

Fall 2009
T425 Telecommunications Regulation
Class Number 6823
Michael A. McGregor

Course Objectives:

This course surveys the non-content laws and regulations applicable
to the electronic media in the United States.  We begin by reviewing
the process by which law and policy are developed.  Following that
review we will consider the regulation of telephone systems,
broadcasting, multi-channel video (e.g., cable systems and direct
broadcast satellite), and the Internet.  Because telecommunications
is converging so rapidly, some topics may not be media specific.

During the course of the semester we will cover the initiation of
service (licensing and franchising), industry structure through
communication regulation and anti-trust policy, rate regulation, and
current regulatory issues affecting the electronic media.  We will
not discuss in much detail how content is regulated in the
telecommunications businesses.  Content regulation of the media is
covered extensively in Tel. T424, Telecommunications and the
Constitution.  For those students interested in a broader
understanding of media regulation in the United States, consider
taking T424.

By the end of the semester students completing this course should
have a good general background in contemporary U.S.
telecommunications regulation.  You should be familiar with the
major institutions involved in regulation and how they influence its
development.  Through your research paper experiences, you should
also know how to find and assess pertinent regulatory information.

This section of T425 is designated as an intensive writing section.
Thus, a further objective of this course is to improve writing and
composition skills.  Accordingly, writing instruction will be
emphasized throughout the course.

Course format:

Because this is an intensive writing class, enrollment is capped at
25.  Most class sessions feature a combination of lecture and

Grading Procedures:

Students will be evaluated based upon performance on four writing
assignments, five in-class essays, a mid-term examination, a
comprehensive final examination, and class participation.

Requirements the course will meet:

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
If you have questions, or need additional help, see your academic
advisor. It also fulfills the COAS Intensive writing requirement

Required Texts:

1. TBA

2.  Benton communications headlines,

Meeting times:

1:00PM - 2:15PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays, SW 103