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Communications Law Career Guide

Last updated by Michael Umberger
February 2014

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Books

Fighting for Air: the Battle to Control America's Media, by Eric Klineberg, New York, NY: Metropolitan Books, 2007.
This is a view from the "public interest" side of media communications.  The author provides a richly detailed, compelling, and timely investigation into complex media policy issues involved in the elimination of localism in U.S. media and journalism by conglomerates in radio, TV, and newspapers. A variety of professions from politics, law and journalism play vital roles in the rapidly changing communications industry.
HE8689.8 K625 2007

Right of the Dial: the Rise of Clear Channel and the Fall of Commercial Radio, by Alex Foege, New York City, NY: Faber & Faber, Inc., 2008.
This is the story of the rise and fall of Clear Channel Corporation, one of the most successful and controversial companies in the history of the music business. With its 1,200 radio stations, it devised ways to economize and centrally automate the music stations played and the news it presented. For a time, it was good for investors, but bad for citizens and bad for the American culture. The author tells the complex story of financial engineering with insight and balance into the conglomerate media of our time.
HE8698 F64 2008

Shaping American Telecommunications: A History of Technology, Policy and Economics, by Christopher Sterling et al, Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006.
Covers the telecommunications industry from the invention of the telegraph to the 21st century, with an emphasis on antitrust law.
HE7775 .S76 2006


Journal Articles

Barker, Emily. Party Line: Backs to the Wall, Upstart Telecom Lawyers Have Banded Together to Battle the Baby Bells, Corporate Counsel, Oct. 2004, at 98.
Discusses the work of telecommunications lawyers who represent small upstart companies.

Hundt, Reed E., Ten Years Under the 1996 Telecommunications Act, 58 Fed. Comm. L.J. 399 (2006).
This article captures the legal environment of the new telecommunications age. The author asks if the law matters in the fluid communication markets. In fact, he writes, the rule of law shaped choices for firms. It created an architecture of opportunities. Not all took equal advantage of opportunities, but we choose competition as a form of market structure precisely in order to reward those who have the audacity, skill, and luck to take advantage of their chances.

Iori, Max E. The Role of the E-Commerce Attorney, Journal of Internet Law, Aug. 2002, at 9.
Explains the different tasks an attorney might perform while representing an e-commerce client.

Taylor, Steven T. Randy Smith: The Man Major Telecom Players Call Upon to Clear Antitrust Hurdles, Of Counsel, June 2007, at 20.
Interview with an antitrust lawyer who represents telecom clients. Includes a discussion about the training of new lawyers.

Taylor, Steven T. Tuned-In Telecom Attorney Sees Legislative Action on Horizon, Of Counsel, Dec. 2004, at 24.
Interview with a telecommunications lawyer about his career and the field of telecommunications law.


Periodicals

 

Antitrust Bulletin (1955-present)
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Communications Lawyer (1983-present)
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Federal Communications Law Journal (1937-present)
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Infrastructure (1960-present)
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 European Journal of Law and Technology

Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law
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Organizations & Websites

American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law
321 North Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610
tel: (312) 988-5658


ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
321 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60610
tel: (800) 285-2221

Media Center at New York Law School
New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
tel: (212) 431-2160

Federal Communications Bar Association
1020 19th St. NW, Ste. 325
Washington, DC 20036-6101

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St. SW
Washington, DC 20554
tel: (888) CALL-FCC (voice);(888) TELL-FCC (TTY)

International Technology Law Association
401 Edgewater Pl., Ste. 600
Wakefield, MA 61880
tel: (781) 876-8877

Other organizations may be found using:
Encyclopedia of Associations.  Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co., 1961-
Covers more than 100,000 nonprofit membership associations worldwide. 
Available on Lexis Advance.

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