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Communications Law explains the laws regulating telephony, including cellular telephone advances, radio/television broadcasting, and wireless communications and communications satellites.

This is the first comprehensive and current guide to the complex legal and business issues involved in modern communications. Communications Law and Practice offers clear explanations of the laws regulating telephony, including: cellular telephone advances; radio and television broadcasting; and wireless communications and communications satellites. It provides an overview of key technical and business developments for each industry, such as recent mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications industry, as well as an examination of the legislative, regulatory and judicial reactions to these developments. Throughout, it contains useful insights into directions in communications law and policy, including digital media developments.

Book #00633; looseleaf, one volume, 1,190 pages; published in 1995, updated as needed; no additional charge for updates during your subscription. Looseleaf print subscribers receive supplements. The online edition is updated automatically. ISBN: 978-1-58852-070-8


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Volumes 1
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Jurisdiction National
ISBN 978-1-58852-070-8
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Stuart N. Brotman
Stuart N. Brotman advises domestic and international communications, Internet, media, entertainment and sports industry clients, both as President of Stuart N. Brotman Communications, a global management consulting firm based in Lexington, Massachusetts, and as special counsel and expert witness to law firms around the world. He is Past President and CEO of The Museum of Television & Radio in New York and Los Angeles. He has extensive experience in transactional, regulatory and policy issues of broadcasters; cable television operators and programmers; wireline and wireless carriers; communications satellite systems; feature film producers, distributors and exhibitors; computer hardware and software companies; Internet companies; and professional sports teams.From 1992-95, he served as chairman of the ABA's International Communications Committee, Section of International Law and Practice. Mr. Brotman was the first person ever appointed to the Harvard Law School faculty to teach telecommunications and its first Research Fellow in Entertainment and Media Law, as well. He served as the first concurrent fellow in digital media at Harvard and MIT, at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Program on Comparative Media Studies, respectively. He also taught international communications law and policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Program in Comparative Me-dia Studies at MIT.From 1978-81, Mr. Brotman served as Special Assistant to President Carter's principal communications policy adviser and as Chief of Staff at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in Washington, DC.He served as a founding member of the Board of Editors of the Federal Communications Law Journal, and has written over 300 articles on a wide range of communications law, policy and management issues.
CHAPTER 1
A Brief History of Communications Regulation in the United States

§ 1.01 Early Regulation of Radio: The Radio Act of 1927
[1] The Invention of Radio
[2] Early Radio Regulation: 1910-1920
[3] 1920s Radio Chaos
[4] The Radio Act of 1927
§ 1.02 The Communications Act of 1934: the Federal Communications Commission and Its Functions
[1]  Office of Communications Business Opportunities
[2]  Procedural Issues
§ 1.03 Cable Television: the Emerging Role of Congress
[1] Early FCC Regulation of Cable Television
[2] Deregulation: The Cable Communications Act of 1984
[3] The Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992
[4] The Telecommunications Act of 1996
§ 1.04 Regulation of Common Carriers Before Divestiture
[1] Early Telegraph Regulation
[2] Invention of the Telephone
[3] Telephone Regulation Before the 1934 Act
[4] The Communications Act of 19341-26
[5] “Natural Monopoly” and “Continued Surveillance”
[6] Entry of MCI into the Market

CHAPTER 2
Regulation of Broadcasting: AM & FM Radio

§ 2.01 The Statutory Scheme for Radio Regulation
[1] Sources
[2] The “Public Interest, Convenience or Necessity”
[3] The FCC, Politics and Broadcast Regulation
[4] The First Amendment

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