National Broadband Policy and Spectrum –
In 8-10 pages, analyze the FCC’s role in broadband regulation as it relates to its constitutionality. How does this affect the privacy of U.S. citizens and how does it play a role in the net neutrality debate? Support your position with evidence from the required readings and be sure to cite diligently. Describe real-world examples that help support your position.
Grading Criteria: – Clarity of discussion of the FCC’s role with a focus on its constitutionality (20%) Thorough and original discussion of the FCC’s role with a focus on its constitutionality, including examples.
– Clarity of discussion on how the FCC’s role in regulating broadband spectrum affects the privacy of U.S. citizens (25%) The discussion of how the FCC’s role in regulating broadband spectrum affects the privacy of U.S. citizens is thorough and complete. – Clarity of discussion on how the FCC’s role in regulating broadband spectrum affects the net neutrality debate (25%) Author presents a thoroughly developed and logical discussion on how the FCC’s role in regulating broadband spectrum affects the net neutrality debate.
Arguments are clear and persuasive. This module introduces Spectrum Analysis. You will learn the history of highly relevant spectrum policy, leading to and learning current spectrum policy. You will also learn about the role of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in allocating spectrum for broadband usage. We will discuss the nature of spectrum as a natural resource and also as a Commons.
Spectrum auctions and their economics and externalities will be covered through a discussion on privatization of spectrum vs. governmentally controlled monopolies (or oligopolies). Google’s recent attempt at purchasing spectrum will be analyzed as well. U.S. broadband penetration will also be covered through an economic approach. We will end the module with a discussion of the digital divide and the positive social welfare aspects of increasing broadband penetration.
Topics covered include: — History of the Telecommunications Policy — Telecommunications Act of 1996: Important Provisions — Understanding Network Effects — Concept of Net Neutrality — Pros & Cons of Network Neutrality — Spectrum Auctions: Background — FCC Spectrum Auctions Atkinson, R. D. (2007, June). The case for a national broadband policy.
Hundt, R. (2003, December). Reforming telecom policy for the big broadband era.
Reardon, M. (2011, January 27). FCC takes steps to free up wireless spectrum. C-NET. Retrieved fromhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20029841-266.html United States. Department of Commerce. (2010, December 16).
Commercial data privacy and innovation in theInternet economy: A dynamic policy framework. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/iptf_privacy_greenpaper_12162010.pdfUnited States. Department of Commerce. Economics and Statistics Administration. (2010, November). Exploring the digital nation: Home broadband internetadoption in the United States. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/esa_ntia_us_broadband_adoption_report_11082010_1.pdf United States.
National Telecommunications and Information Administration. (2003, October). United States frequency allocations. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ntia.doc.gov/osmhome/allochrt.pdf
Wu, T. (2007, February). Wireless net neutrality: Cellular Carterfone and consumer choice in mobile broadband. Retrieved fromhttp://www.newamerica.net/publications/policy/wireless_net_neutrality Acquisti, A. (2004, February).
The economics ofprivacy. Retrieved fromhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/~acquisti/papers/acquisti_privacy_economics.ppt Electronic Frontier Foundation. (2009). FOIA: Social networking monitoring. Retrieved fromhttps://www.eff.org/foia/social-network-monitoring
Hirshleifer, J. (1979). Privacy: Its origin, function, and future. Paper presented at the Economics of Law and PrivacyConference, Chicago, IL. Retrieved from http://www.econ.ucla.edu/workingpapers/wp166.pdf
Schwartz, P. M. (2009). Warrantless wiretapping, FISA reform, and the lessons of public liberty: A comment on Holmes’s Jorde lecture. California Law Review, 97(2), 407-432. Retrieved from http://www.californialawreview.org/assets/pdfs/97-2/09Apr_Schwartz.pdf
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