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Communications Law Research

November 2013
Updated by Paul Hellyer

For information about a career in this field, see our Communications Law Career Guide.

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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.

 

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 (federal law) and KF6720-6795 (state and local law).  Some relevant books are on reserve.

 

Primary Sources

(Selected sources only)

Regulations

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

Selected CFR sections on communications:  Westlaw

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Decisions

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

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Pike & Fischer, Radio Regulation (looseleaf service) (no longer updated; continued by Pike & Fischer, Communications Regulation).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.  Hein Online

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

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

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

Selected Federal Register materials on communications:  Westlaw 

Case Law

Federal Communications Cases:  Westlaw

Legislation

Selected USCA sections on communications:  Westlaw

 

Treatises & Looseleafs

(Selected sources only)

Craig Blakeley & Jeffrey H. Matsuura, Global Information Technology Law (2013-2014)  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

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

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

Internet Law and Practice (1998 & Semiannual Supp.)  Westlaw

Ashley Packard, Digital Media Law (2013)
KF2750 .P33 2013

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)  Loislaw

Telecom Antitrust Handbook (2005).
KF2765 .Z9 T45 2005 (STACKS)

 

Periodicals

LegalTrac

LegalTrac is a database that indexes articles from law reviews, bar association publications, legal magazines and legal newspapers.
Coverage: 1980-present.

Subject Queries:

communications regulation
telecommunications
telecommunications law
telecommunications regulation
 

Selected Periodicals on Telecommunications Law

CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy
IN LAW PERIODICAL STACKS  Westlaw  Hein Online

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

Communications Lawyer: Journal of Media, Information and Communications Law
CURRENT YEAR ONLY IN LAW REFERENCE AREA  Westlaw 

Communications Today  Westlaw

Federal Communications Law Journal (continues Federal Communications Bar Journal)
IN LAW PERIODICAL STACKS  Web site  Westlaw  Hein Online

Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal  Westlaw  Hein Online

Infrastructure (Newsletter of the ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law)
CURRENT YEAR ONLY IN LAW REFERENCE AREA

International Journal of Communications Law and Policy  Web site 

Internet Connection  Westlaw

Journal of Internet Law  EBSCO

Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law  Westlaw  Hein Online

Media Law & Policy  Web site  Hein Online

Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review  Web site  Westlaw  Hein Online

Westlaw Journal: Telecommunications Industry  Westlaw

 

Free Web Sites

ABA Section of Public Utilities, Communications & Transportation Law
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.

National Telecommunications Cooperative 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.