Communications Law Research

November 2016
Updated by Paul Hellyer

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Some resources on this page are subscription databases that require a W&M ID and password for off-campus access. 
Lexis, Westlaw and Loislaw require individual IDs and passwords for both off-campus and on-campus access.
Introductory Sources

(Selected sources providing a quick overview)

Global Internet Law in a Nutshell (3rd ed. 2015)  West Academic

Mass Communication Law in a Nutshell (7th ed. 2014)
KF2750 .Z9 L8 2014 (RESERVE)  West Academic

Library Materials

Library Catalog
To search for books, journals, and audiovisual materials held by William & Mary libraries, use the online catalog.

Search Tips:

  • Subject Queries:
    • telecommunication law and legislation
    • telecommunication policy
    • mass media law and legislation
    • computer networks law and legislation
  • Remember that individual jurisdictions can be searched, e.g. "telecommunication law" AND Virginia

To search for materials from other libraries, use the Worldcat database.

Shelf Browsing
To browse the library's shelves for books on telecommunications law, look in or around call numbers KF2761-2849.

Primary Sources

(Selected sources only)

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) (Title 47 covers telecommunications)

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Decisions

FCC Record: A Comprehensive Compilation of Decisions, Reports, Public Notices and Other Documents of the FCC.  HeinOnline

Pike & Fischer, Communications Regulation (looseleaf service) (not updated after 2008).
KF2810 A6 P53 (STACKS)

Pike & Fischer, Radio Regulation (looseleaf service) (no longer updated; continued by Pike & Fischer, Communications Regulation).
KF2810 A6 P52 (STACKS)

Other Administrative Documents

FCC Web site

FCC Record: A Comprehensive Compilation of Decisions, Reports, Public Notices and Other Documents of the FCC.  HeinOnline

FCC Annual Reports.
KF2765.1 .A8 (STACKS) (1935-1979)  Lexis

FCC Strategic Plans and Annual Reports:  FCC Web site (1927-present)

Pike & Fischer, Communications Regulation (looseleaf service) (not updated after 2008).
KF2810 A6 P53 (STACKS)

Case Law

Federal Communications Cases:  Westlaw



(Selected sources only)

Ian C. Ballon, E-Commerce & Internet Law (2010 & annual supp.)  Westlaw

Craig Blakeley & Jeffrey H. Matsuura, Global Information Technology Law (annual editions)  Westlaw

Daniel L. Brenner et al., Cable Television and Other Nonbroadcast Video (1986 & annual supp.)
KF2844 .B74 1986 (STACKS)  Westlaw

George B. Delta & Jeffrey H. Matsuura, Law of the Internet (3rd ed. 2009 & semiannual supp.)  Westlaw

Charles D. Ferris & Frank W. Lloyd, Telecommunications Regulation: Cable, Broadcasting, Satellite & the Internet (1998 & semiannual supp.)  Lexis

Clifford S. Fishman & Anne Toomey McKenna, Wiretapping and Eavesdropping (3rd ed. 2008 & annual supp.)
KF9670 .F58 2008 (STACKS)  Westlaw

James C. Goodale, All About Cable and Broadband (2008 & annual supp.)  Lexis

Morton I. Hamburg & Stuart Brotman, Communications Law and Practice (1995 & semiannual supp.)
KF2765 .H36 1995 (STACKS)  Lexis

Peter W. Huber, Federal Telecommunications Law (2nd ed. 1999 & annual supp.)
KF2765 .A7 K45 1999 (STACKS)  Westlaw

Internet Law and Practice (2002 & Semiannual Supp.)  Westlaw

Lee Levine, Newsgathering and the Law (4th ed. 2011 & annual supp.)
KF2750 .D54 2011 (STACKS)  Lexis

Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Digital Communications Law (2010 & annual supp.)
KF390.5 .C6 P47 2010 (STACKS)

Michael D. Scott, Scott on Information Technology Law (3rd ed. 2007 & annual supp.)  Westlaw

Michael D. Scott, Scott on Multimedia Law (3rd ed. 2008 & annual supp.)
KF2765 .S36 2008 (STACKS)

Rodney A. Smolla, Rights and Liabilities in Media Content: Internet, Broadcast and Print (2nd ed. 2010 & semiannual supp.)
KF2750 .M47 2010 (STACKS)  Westlaw

Kent D. Stuckey & Robert L. Ellis, Internet and Online Law (1996 & annual supp.)  Lexis



Legal Source
Contains detailed indexing for over 1,200 legal journals, law reviews, yearbooks, institutes, statutes, bar association and university publications. Includes full text for over 400 journals. Coverage: 1908 - present.

Subject Queries:

  • Mass media
  • Law in mass media
  • Telecommunication

Indexes more than 1,400 law reviews, legal newspapers, specialty publications, and bar association and international journals. Includes some full text. Coverage: 1980 - present.

Subject Queries:

  • communications regulation
  • telecommunications
  • telecommunications law
  • telecommunications regulation

Selected Periodicals on Telecommunications Law

Communication Law and Policy
IN LAW PERIODICAL STACKS (1996-2001)  Westlaw  Lexis

Communications Lawyer: Journal of Media, Information and Communications Law  Westlaw  Lexis

Communications Today  Westlaw  Lexis

Federal Communications Law Journal (continues Federal Communications Bar Journal)
IN LAW PERIODICAL STACKS (1977-2014)  Website  Westlaw  HeinOnline  Lexis

Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal  Westlaw  HeinOnline  Lexis

Infrastructure (Newsletter of the ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law)  HeinOnline

Internet Connection  Westlaw

Journal of Internet Law  EBSCO

Colorado Technology Law Journal (formerly Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law)  Westlaw  HeinOnline  Lexis

Media Law & Policy  Website  HeinOnline  Lexis

Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review  Website  Westlaw  Lexis  HeinOnline 

Free Websites

ABA Section of Infrastructure & Regulated Industries

This ABA section covers communications, cable TV, Internet and other areas. Their website includes a newsletter and information on webinars and other events.

Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions
ATIS is a U.S.-based organization that develops and promotes standards for the telecommunications industry.  Their Web site includes reports, periodicals, and a telecommunications glossary.

Federal Communications Bar Association
Association of attorneys, law students, and others involved in the "development, interpretation and practice of communications law and policy."

Federal Communications Commission
The FCC homepage provides links to the various divisions of the agency. From these pages, you can find full text or links to publications such as the Code of Federal Regulations, notices of proposed rulemaking, and international telecommunications agreements.

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
NARUC is composed of state government agencies that regulate telecommunications industries and other utilities. The website contains NARUC documents and state regulatory information, including links to all 50 states' regulatory agency homepages.

NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
NTCA is a nonprofit, national organization that represents local telecommunications cooperatives and companies in rural America on Capitol Hill, in front of the Federal Communications Commission, and in court.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration
NTIA is an agency of the Department of Commerce and is charged with advising the President on telecom policy issues.  Their website includes summaries of telecom issues pending before the government and links to government documents and congressional testimony.

United States Telecom Association
USTA is a coalition of broadband service providers, manufacturers and suppliers. Their site contains issues briefs and other current policy documents, regulatory news, and technical industry information.