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Fall 2020
6308 Communication Law - CHASE- 14891

Professor(s): Anthony Chase (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Business and Commercial Law 
Intellectual Property and Information Law

Time: 6:00p-7:30p  MW  Location:  

Course Outline: The incorporation of internet protocol technology into traditional communications technologies is causing the competitive convergence of voice, video, and data markets. “Intermodal” competition has begun between telephone and cable television firms (DSL vs. Cable Modem) and is expanding to include fixed wireless, satellite, and broadband over electric power lines. This convergence of technology and markets calls into question the continued relevance and utility of separate regulatory paradigms for telecommunications (voice), cable television (video), and computers (information services). Convergence of network functionality and markets is reshaping historic federal and state regulatory and legal distinctions regarding jurisdiction, ownership, access, speech, and public policy. This course introduces students to the evolving federal and state regulation of broadband networks. Emphasis is placed on students learning to recognize, understand, and anticipate the changing relationships between technology, competition, regulation, and law. There are no prerequisites for this course. Approved IP LL.M. course. This course will be jointly offered to law students at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) and Santa Clara University Law School. The course will be three credits and include approximately twenty students from each school. Professor Anthony Chase from the University of Houston Law Center and Professor Allen Hammond of Santa Clara University Law School will be principally responsible for teaching the course. UHLC Dean Leonard M. Baynes and Santa Clara Professor and California Public Commissioner Cathy Sandoval will guest lecture several classes during the semester. A paper is required.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus revised 8/24/20

Course Notes: DistanceEd  The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to operate the course as distance education. This means no physical classroom is assigned for this course. This also most likely means synchronous internet videoconferencing class sessions during the day(s) and time(s) when the course is scheduled to meet. However, other, more flexible modalities are possible, such as not using some of the scheduled class sessions to meet but instead supplementing with asynchronous distance education techniques. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.

Quota = 20


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This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials (3/30/2020 4:29:04 PM)

No book required for this course

No book will be required for this course. Course Materials will be handed out by Professor Chase at the beginning of the semester.