Telecommunications | Telecommunications Policymaking
T321 | 11938 | Cherry, B

Spring 2009
T321 Telecommunications Policymaking
Instructor: Prof. Barbara Cherry

Prerequisite: T207 with a grade of C- or higher, or consent of the

Course Description:
The course objective is to understand how telecommunications
policies are made by analyzing who makes U.S. telecommunications
policy and who attempts to influence their decisions.  The course
will provide a basic overview of U.S. law and government, and study
the system of complex interactions among the federal and state
governments, the respective branches of government, stakeholders,
and interest groups.  The course will also examine how the unique
governance structure in the U.S. has shaped a distinctive path for
telecommunications policy.  Examples of current telecommunications
issues are evaluated in terms of the historical evolution of
telecommunications regulation and likely prospects for future policy

Students will participate in in-class discussions based on assigned
readings.  Grades will be based upon a mix of written assignments or
quizzes and a final exam.

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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