Academic journal article Federal Communications Law Journal

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Federal Communications Law Journal

Editor's Note

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Welcome to the first Issue of Volume 69 of the Federal Communications Law Journal, the nation's premier communications law journal and the official journal of the Federal Communications Bar Association. As we commence with Volume 69, we are excited to publish several timely and thought-provoking pieces about vital topics in the communications field. This Issue has a particular focus on matters relating to domestic and international broadband deployment, the digital divide, and emerging technologies.

To start, T. Randolph Beard, George S. Ford, and Michael Stern use economic theory to describe current barriers to broadband deployment. They offer an economic model to show how limited broad services such as recently-introduced "free-but-limited" deployment programs may encourage broadband access and adoption for lower-income users in some circumstances.

This Issue also contains three student Notes. First, Chasel Lee explores the history of driverless cars and recent developments in their production and regulation. In response to questions involving cybersecurity and privacy, Lee's Note proposes a nuanced federal regulatory scheme that connects public and private entities and offers states and industry breathing room to experiment and innovate.

In our next student Note, Stephen Klein discusses the new First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which creates a nationwide broadband network for the exclusive use of first responders. …

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