[commlaw] 11-6 “Must-Carry” and Other Content Regulation

Required Reading:

  • 通訊傳播管理法草案與電信法,廣電三法之新舊對照 (get it from the NCC web site) (browse through relevant parts).
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. F.C.C. (Turner II), 520 U.S. 180 (1997), (read at least the majority and the dissent by O’Connor).

Additional Reading:

  • Joel Timmer, Broadcast, Cable and Digital Must Carry: The Other Digital Divide, 9 Comm. L. & Pol’y 101 (2004).
  • Dionne McNeff, Principles or Puffery?: The Validity of the Cable Industry’s Dual Carriage Arguments and Their Impact on Public Television in the Digital Television Future, 13 CommLaw Conspectus 169 (2004).
  • Andrew D. Cotlar, The Road Not Yet Traveled: Why the FCC Should Issue Digital Must-Carry Rules for Public Television “First”, 57 Fed. Comm. L.J. 49 (2004).
  • Nissa Laughner & Justin Brown, Cable Operators’ Fifth Amendment Claims Applied to Digital Must-Carry, 58 Fed. Comm. L.J. 281 (2006).
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[commlaw] 10-30 Structure of Media Regulation

Required Reading:

  • 廣電三法 (get a sense of the purposes of the laws and what are regulated).
  • C. Edwin Baker, Media Structure, Ownership Policy, and the First Amendment, 78 S. Cal. L. Rev. 733 (2005). A well written commentary to Yoo’s article below, which you’re encouraged to read as well.

Additional Reading:

  • Christopher S. Yoo, Architectural Censorship and the FCC, 78 S. Cal. L. Rev. 669 (2005).
  • Howard A. Shelanski, Antitrust Law as Mass Media Regulation: Can Merger Standards Protect the Public Interest?, 94 Cal. L. Rev. 371 (2006).
  • Brian C. Hill, Measuring Media Market Diversity: Concentration, Importance, and Pluralism, 58 Fed. Comm. L.J. 169 (2006).
  • Jerry Berman & Daniel J. Weitzner, Abundance and User Control: Renewing the Democratic Heart of the First Amendment in the Age of Interactive Media, 104 Yale L.J. 1619 (1995).

[commlaw] 10-23 Numbering Policy and VoIP

Required Reading:

  • Mark C. Del Bianco, Voices Past: The Present and Future of VOIP Regulation, 14 CommLaw Conspectus 365 (2006).

Additional Reading:

  • Mark L. Silverstein, Voip and Pay-to-Play: Broadband’s Attempt to Push Away Direct Competition, 155 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1305 (2007).
  • Sunny Lu, Note, Cellco Partnership v. FCC & Vonage Holdings Corp. V. Minnesota Public Utilities Commission: VOIP’s Shifting Legal and Political Landscape, 20 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 859 (2005).
  • Sylvie Rousseau & Tanguy Van Overstraeten, Numbering and Portability for Voice Over IP Services in Belgium: A Regulatory Framework in Motion, C.T.L.R. 2006, 12(6), 169-174 (2006).
  • 杜佳蓉,網路電話發展之法制研究,交通大學科法所碩士論文 (2005)。

[commlaw] 10-16 Spectrum Regulation

Required Reading:

  • Jerry Brito, The Spectrum Commons in Theory and Practice, 2007 Stan. Tech. L. Rev. 1.

Additional Reading:

  • Yochai Benkler, Overcoming Agoraphobia: Building the Commons of the Digitally Networked Environment, 11 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 287 (1998). The classic, the one everyone cites. This would be the required reading if not for its length.
  • Gerald R. Faulhaber, Wireless Telecommunications: Spectrum as A Critical Resource, 79 S. Cal. L. Rev. 537 (2006). Faulhaber 是鄭老師母校 (U. Penn.) Law School 和 B. School 合聘教授。His approach is more middle of the road. Short.
  • Thomas W. Hazlett & Matthew L. Spitzer, Advanced Wireless Technologies and Public Policy, 79 S. Cal. L. Rev. 595 (2006). Hazlett 曾任 FCC之Chief Economist. He writes extensively so it’s hard to avoid him. Spitzer is the Dean of U.S.C. Law School. Long.
  • Dale B. Thompson, Of Rainbows and Rivers: Lessons for Telecommunications Spectrum Policy from Transitions in Property Rights and Commons in Water Law, 54 Buff. L. Rev. 157 (2006).
  • Mark A. Lemley & Philip J. Weiser, Should Property or Liability Rules Govern Information?, 85 Tex. L. Rev. 783 (2007).

[LRTW] 10-8 Westlaw and Bluebook I

Westlaw exercise:

  • Robert W. Crandall, The Remedy for the “Bottleneck Monopoly” in Telecom: Isolate It, Share It, or Ignore It?, 72 U. Chi. L. Rev. 3 (2005).
  • National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. v. Brand X Internet Services, 545 U.S. 967 (2005).
  • Warren & Brandeis, The Right to Privacy, 4 Harv. L. Rev. 193 (1890).
  • Articles by Justice Ginsburg.
  • Articles by Larry Lessig.
  • Articles citing Richard Posner’s “The Economics of Justice.”
  • Most cited article by Bill Simon last year.
  • Articles published by HLS in the last 30 days.
  • Articles published by Boalt Hall in the last 90 days.
  • 有關次級房貸的文章。
  • 有關美國 FCC 與英國 Ofcom 比較的文章。

Homework:

  • Study Bluebook Rule 1-9 & 16.

[commlaw] 10-9 Last Mile and Interconnection Issues

Required Reading:

  • Robert W. Crandall, The Remedy for the “Bottleneck Monopoly” in Telecom: Isolate It, Share It, or Ignore It?, 72 U. Chi. L. Rev. 3 (2005).
  • National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. v. Brand X Internet Services, 545 U.S. 967 (2005) (ok to read just the Syllabus).
  • 電信法第16條
  • 電信事業網路互連管理辦法 (enough to browse through it to get some general ideas.)

Additional Reading:

  • Daniel F. Spulber & Christopher S. Yoo, Network Regulation: The Many Faces of Access, 1 J. Competition L. & Econ. 635 (2005).
  • Michael A. Heller, The UNE Anticommons: Why the 1996 Telecom Reforms Blocked Innovation and Investment, 22 Yale J. on Reg. 275 (2005).
  • Thomas W. Hazlett, Rivalrous Telecommunications Networks with and Without Mandatory Sharing, 58 Fed. Comm. L.J. 477 (2006).