This course surveys the basic principles underpinning U.S. and international telecommunications policies, regulations and laws. In particular, we will examine the legal and regulatory treatment of a number of related technologies — from telephony to cable to the internet — whose convergence will continue to challenge established principles. The course will focus most intently on administrative policies as well as statutory and regulatory laws. In addition, the course will address the role played by antitrust, IP and constitutional law in shaping our nation’s telecommunications landscape. Finally, the course will consider the important role played by state and federal agencies — antitrust enforcers, state public utility commissions and the Federal Communications Commission — in developing and administering our nation’s telecommunications laws, regulations and policies.