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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • ESD.68J (Spring 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Communications and Information Policy 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Engineering Systems Division 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Dr. David D. Clark
    Dr. Frank Field
    Sharon E. Gillett, Instructor in charge
    Dr. William Lehr 
  • Course Introduction:

  • ESD.68J / 6.978J Communications and Information Policy

    Spring 2006

    Course Highlights

    This course features an extensive readings list, complete lecture notes, and examples of team project presentations in the assignments section.

    Course Description

    This course provides an introduction to the technology and policy context of public communications networks, through critical discussion of current issues in communications policy and their historical roots. The course focuses on underlying rationales and models for government involvement and the complex dynamics introduced by co-evolving technologies, industry structure, and public policy objectives. Cases drawn from cellular, fixed-line, and Internet applications include evolution of spectrum policy and current proposals for reform; the migration to broadband and implications for universal service policies; and property rights associated with digital content. The course lays a foundation for thesis research in this domain.

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .zip.


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