Law and Regulation of Common Carriers in the Communications Industry

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ABOUT THE BOOK AND AUTHOR

This revised casebook-plus-commentary offers a basic introduction to the traditional regulation of telephone companies as well as the new lines of businesses they have entered. Drawing on historical and contemporary court decisions as well as on FCC and legislative materials, Brenner documents and evaluates the past twenty years of regulation of the telecommunications industry. In particular, he traces the major regulatory changes from the time of AT&T's single-firm dominance to the increasingly competitive marketplace of today.

The law and literature necessary to understand the development and trends in telecommunications are voluminous and, up until now, have been difficult to locate in one place. This book presents the critical concepts and shifts in communications policy coherently and concisely. In this revised and expanded edition, Brenner provides excerpts and comments upon the key decisions in the field, ordering them in a readily accessible manner. He assumes no specialized background in technology, law, or economics. Brenner provides an ideal introduction to this increasingly important field for professionals as well as for scholars and students interested in communications and communications policy.

Daniel L. Brenner is vice president for law and regulatory policy at the National Cable Television Association, Washington, D.C. He has taught on the faculties of Stanford University and UCLA School of Law.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • 1 - Public Utility Theory 1
  • 2 - Title II Regulation 45
  • 3 - Federal/State Jurisdiction 63
  • 4 - Statutory Requirements: Just and Reasonable"; "Unreasonable Discrimination"" 79
  • 5 - Dominant/Nondominant Carriers; Forbearance 96
  • 6 - Price Caps 116
  • 7 - Divestiture of the Bell System 159
  • 8 - Line of Business Restrictions 168
  • 9 - The Local Exchange: Access and Competition 186
  • 11 - International Telecommunications 274
  • 12 - Privacy 283
  • 13 - Convergence 299
  • Appendix A: Telecommunications Glossary 311
  • Appendix B: Communications Act of 1934 317
  • About the Book and Author 348
  • Case Index (principal Cases) 349
  • Index 351
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