Communications and Information Policy

Image of patent for phrase - Freedom of Expression.

In 1998, university professor Kembrew McLeod trademarked the phrase "freedom of expression" as a comment on the current state of intellectual property law and the exchange of ideas. His book of the same title has been published under a Creative Commons license. (Image courtesy of Prof. Kembrew McLeod.)


MIT Course Number

ESD.68J / 6.978J

As Taught In

Spring 2006



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Course Description

Course Features

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the technology and policy context of public communications networks, through critical discussion of current issues in communications policy and their historical roots. The course focuses on underlying rationales and models for government involvement and the complex dynamics introduced by co-evolving technologies, industry structure, and public policy objectives. Cases drawn from cellular, fixed-line, and Internet applications include evolution of spectrum policy and current proposals for reform; the migration to broadband and implications for universal service policies; and property rights associated with digital content. The course lays a foundation for thesis research in this domain.

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David Clark, Frank Field, Sharon Gillett, and William Lehr. ESD.68J Communications and Information Policy. Spring 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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