Federal Communications Law Journal

Trade journal covering communications law. Published in cooperation with the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington.

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 2, March

Broadcast Flags and the War against Digital Television Piracy: A Solution or Dilemma for the Digital Era?
I. INTRODUCTION II. THE MECHANICS OF THE SOLUTION A. The ATSC Flag B. The Flag's Technical Strengths and Vulnerabilities 1. Strengths of the Flag 2. Weaknesses of the Flag III. COMMISSION AUTHORITY A. Jurisdictional...
Communications Policy for the Next Four Years
I. ENSURING INFORMATION SECURITY IN A DIGITAL WORLD II. SPIES AMONG US III. NEXT-GENERATION E-911 IV. SPAM V. TV RATINGS FAIRNESS VI. ICANN REFORM VII. DIGITAL DEMOCRACY VIII. BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT IX. UNIVERSAL SERVICE REFORM X. SPECTRUM...
Convergence and Competition - at Last
Nearly nine years after enactment of the 1996 Telecommunications Act and thirteen years after the 1992 Cable Act, the convergence set in motion by these landmark statutes is beginning to materialize. Intermodal competitors are entering each other's...
Editor's Note
I am delighted to welcome you to the second issue of Volume 57 of the Federal Communications Law Journal. This issue is the first of the Bush Administration's second term and the first since Chairman Powell announced his resignation as chair of the...
Four More Years ... of the Status Quo? How Simple Principles Can Lead Us out of the Regulatory Wilderness
I. INTRODUCTION II. REGULATORY CLASSIFICATIONS III. JURISDICTIONAL MATTERS IV. AGENCY POWER V. CONCLUSION: ENDING THE "CHICKEN LITTLE COMPLEX" I. INTRODUCTION As the Bush Administration begins its second term, the telecommunications sector...
My Beef with Big Media: How Government Protects Big Media - and Shuts out Upstarts like Me
I. THE BIG SQUEEZE II. SUPERSIZING NETWORKS III. TRIPLE BLIGHT A. Loss of quality B. Loss of localism C. Loss of democratic debate IV. INDEPENDENTS' DAY In the late 1960s, when Turner Communications was a business of billboards and...
Recent Developments in Program Content Regulation
I. THE DEREGULATORY TREND THAT BEGAN IN THE 1970S II. 2004: STRENGTHENING OF RULES GOVERNING INDECENCY AND CHILDREN'S TV A. Indecency B. Children's Television on Digital Television III. ADDITIONAL CONTENT-BASED REGULATIONS SLATED FOR ...
The 2005 Communications Act of Unintended Consequences
Communications policy has been a parade of grand themes. At the start of the last century, universal affordable service by AT&T, the dominant provider, became the overriding theme in telephony. It led eventually to the demise of competition from...
The Broadcast Flag: It's Not Just TV
I am not much of a TV person. My only set, non-HD, still picks up its channels through rabbit ears. The broadcast flag still gets me steamed, though, so much so that I recently built a high-definition digital video recorder just to beat the flag mandate....
The Contrasting Policies of the FCC and FERC regarding the Importance of Open Transmission Networks in Downstream Competitive Markets
I. BACKGROUND A. FERC's Historical Resistance to Competition and Court Mandates B. Origins and Evolution of FERC's Policies Regarding Access to Gas Pipelines and Electric Transmission 1. The Convergence of Consumer...
Time for Change on Media Cross-Ownership Regulation
I. INTRODUCTION II. THE REVISED CROSS-MEDIA RULES III. TODAY'S MEDIA MARKETPLACE IV. A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD V. PUBLIC INTEREST BENEFITS VI. THE THIRD CIRCUIT'S DECISION VII. STEPS FOR THE NEW ADMINISTRATION I. INTRODUCTION In June 2004, the...
Universal Service: Problems, Solutions, and Responsive Policies
I. THE IMPORTANCE OF UNIVERSAL SERVICE II. PROBLEMS WITH UNIVERSAL SERVICE III. PROBEMATIC POLICIES IV. PROPOSED SOLUTIONS V. FORBEARANCE, COMPETITION, INFORMATION SERVICES AND ARBITRAGE VI. EQUITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ALL PLATFORMS I....