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Communications Policy and the Public Interest: The Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Guilford Communication Series)

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Passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the first major overhaul of US communications law since 1934, inaugurated a highly volatile era in telecommunications. This study examines how and why the Act was developed, focusing on the evolution of the concept of public interest, and charts its intended and unintended effects on business and policy. Some 160 pages of appendices offer government documents, position papers on regulation and the public interest, and FCC speeches. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews@booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 inaugurated a new and highly volatile era in telecommunications. The first major overhaul of U.S.

communications law since 1934--when no one had a television set, a cordless phone, or a computer--the Act was spurred into being by broad shifts in technology use. Equally important, this book shows, the new law reflects important changes in our notions of the purpose of communications regulation and how it should be deployed. Focusing on the evolution of the concept of the public interest, Aufderheide examines how and why the legislation was developed, provides a thematic analysis of the Act itself, and charts its intended and unintended effects in business and policy. An abridged version of the Act is included, as are the Supreme Court decision that struck down one of its clauses, the Communications Decency Act, and a variety of pertinent speeches and policy arguments. Readers are also guided to a range of organizations and websites that offer legal updates and policy information.

 
Finalist, McGannon Center Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communication Policy Research

 

About the Author

Patricia Aufderheide, PhD, School of Communication, American University, Washington, DC

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Background

2. The Shaping of the 1996 Act

3. Overview of the Act

4. After the Act

5. The Public Interest beyond the Act

Bibiliographic Resources

References

Annotated Guide to Analyses of the Act, 1996-1997

Resources for Active Citizens

Appendices

Government Documents:

A. Abridged Version of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Dean Thomas Krattenmaker

B. Syllabus and Opinion of Supreme Court Opinion No. 95-611, Janet Reno, Attorney General of the United States, et al,. Appellants, v. American Civil Liberties Union et al., June 26, 1997, with concurrence by Justices O'Connor and Rehnquist

Position Papers on Regulation and the Public Interest:

C. Serving the Community: A Public Interest Vision of the National Information Infrastructure (abridged), Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (1993)

D. Seven Public Interest Principles of the Telecommunications Policy Roundtable (1993)

E. Cyberspace and the American Dream: A Magna Carta for the Knowledge Age, The Progress and Freedom Foundation (1994)

F. Technorealism: An Overview, D. Bennahum, B. Biggs, P. Borsook, M. Bowe, S. Garfinkel, S. Johnson, D. Rushkoff, A. Shapiro, D. Shenk, S. Silberman, M. Stahlman, and S. Syman (1997)

G. Why Government Is the Solution, and Not the Problem, Gigi Sohn, Executive Director, Media Access Project (1997)

H. Interview with an Umpire, Michael Katz (1995)

FCC Speeches:

I. The Hard Road Ahead: An Agenda for the FCC in 1997, Chairman Reed Hundt, Federal Communications Commission

J. The Light at the End of the Tunnel vs. the Fog: Deregulation vs. the Legal Culture, Chairman Reed Hundt, Federal Communications Commission (1997)

K. Remarks by William Kennard, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, to the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (1998)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781572304253
Subtitle:
The Telecommunications Act of 1996
Other:
Aufderheide, Patricia
Author:
Aufderheide, Patricia
Author:
Aufderheide, Patricia A.
Publisher:
The Guilford Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Telecommunications
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Communications
Subject:
Public interest
Subject:
Telecommunication policy
Subject:
Public interest -- United States.
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Telecommunication policy -- United States.
Subject:
Communication Studies
Subject:
Law : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Abridged:
Y
Series:
Guilford Communication Series
Publication Date:
19990115
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
323
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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The passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 inaugurated a new and highly volatile era in telecommunications. The first major overhaul of U.S.

communications law since 1934--when no one had a television set, a cordless phone, or a computer--the Act was spurred into being by broad shifts in technology use. Equally important, this book shows, the new law reflects important changes in our notions of the purpose of communications regulation and how it should be deployed. Focusing on the evolution of the concept of the public interest, Aufderheide examines how and why the legislation was developed, provides a thematic analysis of the Act itself, and charts its intended and unintended effects in business and policy. An abridged version of the Act is included, as are the Supreme Court decision that struck down one of its clauses, the Communications Decency Act, and a variety of pertinent speeches and policy arguments. Readers are also guided to a range of organizations and websites that offer legal updates and policy information.

 
Finalist, McGannon Center Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communication Policy Research

 

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