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Telecommunications Law

Telecom Web

A leading resource for business news, market research and analysis in the global communications industry, this website provides numerous links to cable, wireless, satellite, and Internet service resources. Browsers can search the extensive archives for daily news and analysis. The “Research Center” link provides information on regulations and policies, industry news and publications, communication companies and their products, and provides charts and graphs that display the latest telecommunication market data and statistics.TelecomWeb’s “Industry Links” also provides access to services and providers such as phone carriers, cable and satellite providers and computer services and manufacturers.

Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review (MTTLR)

MTTLR was founded in 1994 and provides information on legal, social, business and public policy issues raised in the telecommunications field. It publishes a law journal that is available both online and in printed volumes (also accessible through LEXIS-NEXIS and WESTLAW).  This law review examines the tensions created by advances in computing, telecommunications, biotechnology, multimedia, networking, information and other technologies. Links to government resources and other telecommunications and technology law sites are available.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The FCC is responsible for making rules that govern every facet of the telecommunications field, including radio, television, cable, telephones, and satellite industries. The agency is divided into several bureaus, (cable services bureau, consumer information bureau, enforcement bureau, mass media bureau, etc.) each with its own home page from which to access bureau specific information, as well as links to other FCC information and outside sources. Under Resources one can access the Daily Digest which provides citations to documents back to 1996, FCC actions, news releases, public notices and notices of proposed rules, all fully searchable. On the “Consumer Information” page, users can find consumer information regarding confusing telephone bills, unsolicited faxes and phone calls, and cell phones, etc.

Washington Internet Project/CyberTelecom

Developed by a lawyer specializing in Internet issues for the FCC, this site contains the latest news events, and legislative and regulatory updates for all fields of telecommunications. It also provides an overview of the FCC, and information on how to file a complaint.  Under “First Amendment,” one can find sections of the U.S.Code which govern free speech, and browsers can locate the rules in the Code of Federal Regulations which relate to the transmission of information over telephone, cable, wire and satellite channels. CyberCrime links to the Department of Justice Computer Crime Section, FBI news and information.  “Link Library” contains a comprehensive source of telecommunications links, and even a list of cyberlaw courses taught at various law schools in the nation.

Pepper & Corazzini

This web site was created by the law firm of Pepper & Corazzini which specializes in the areas of telecommunications, communications, Internet and online services law, and was the first law firm to have a web site. When a law firm opts to use a domain name like “commlaw” other than their own firm name, that firm must be serious about their business. It provides an excellent set of links to telecommunications law and industry resources.  Under “Links To Legal and Telecommunications Resources,” users can search the U.S. Code and U.S. government documents. Of particular interest is a link to “Informational Memos” prepared by the firm on a variety of telecommunications topics.
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Last updated: 7/13/02
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