Author: Stuart Brotman, Beaman Professor of Communication and Information
Publication Date: 2017
Publisher: American Lawyer Media
Synopsis: Communications Law and Practice is the first comprehensive and current guide to the complex legal and business issues involved in modern communications. It offers clear explanations of the laws regulating telephony, including: cellular telephone advances; radio and television broadcasting; and wireless communications and communications satellites. The text provides an overview of key technical and business developments for each industry, such as recent mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications industry, as well as an examination of the legislative, regulatory and judicial reactions to these developments. Throughout, it contains useful insights into directions in communications law and policy, including digital media developments.
This treatise originally was developed in 1995. A year later, after the 1996 Telecommunications Act became law, it had to be significantly revised to reflect the dramatic new changes that had occurred. Since then, Brotman has written two updated editions every year—which is equivalent to 20 books over a 20-year time span. It continues to be utilized by generations of law students around the country, housed in leading law libraries at institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, University of Chicago, University of Virginia, and Georgetown University. Available through LexisNexis, it has also been cited widely as an authoritative source in briefs filed before federal appellate courts, including the US Supreme Court. In 1998, the treatise was also added to the Vatican Library as the only American communications law reference work in its collection.