ESD.68J | Spring 2006 | Graduate
Communications and Information Policy

Lecture Notes


Dr. David D. Clark
Dr. Frank Field
Sharon E. Gillett, Instructor in charge
Dr. William Lehr

Module 1: Technology
1 A Quick Guide to the Internet (PDF) Clark
2 Application Design on the Internet (PDF) Clark
3 EE 101 (PDF) Clark
4 Internet Interconnection (PDF) Clark
Module 2: Policy Rationale and Methods
5 Why have Regulators been so involved in Telecommunications? (PDF) Gillett and Lehr
6 Overview of Methods of Technical and Policy Analysis Applicable to the Final Project. Discussion of Problem Definition and Issue Framing for Topics with Interwoven Technical, Social, Economic, and Political Dimensions Gillett and Lehr
Module 3: Deep Dives into Four Topics
Module 3a: Spectrum Policy
7 Spectrum Management Reform, Part 1 (PDF 1) (PDF 2) Lehr
8 Spectrum Management Reform, Part 2 (PDF) Lehr
Module 3b: Information Policy
9 Intellectual Property: Content and Digital Telecommunication Policy (PDF - 1.1 MB) Field
10 Architecture and Control (PDF - 1.8 MB) Field
11 Culture, Content and Copyright (PDF) Field
Module 3c: Interconnection
12 Challenges for Convergence: Interconnection (PDF 1) (PDF 2) Lehr
13 Challenges for Convergence: Interconnection (cont.) Lehr
Module 3d: Broadband Access
14 Competition in Access Networks (PDF 1) (PDF 2) Gillett
15 Case Studies: VoIP (PDF 1) (PDF 2), Municipal Broadband Gillett
16 Municipal Broadband (cont.) Guest Lecturers: Patrick McCormick (Brookline Wireless) and Steven Gag (Technology Advisor to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino)
17 Network Neutrality (PDF) Gillett
18 Network Neutrality (cont.) Gillett
19 IPTV (PDF) (Courtesy of Marie-José Montpetit. Used with permission.) Marie-José Montpetit, Motorola
Module 4: Miscellaneous Topics
20 Internet Governance Scott Bradner, Harvard University
21 Open Access, or Making Money Openly (PDF) Clark
22 One Laptop per Child (aka $100 Laptop); the Internet and Developing Countries Michail Bletsas, MIT Media Lab
Module 5: Student Presentations
23-25 Classroom Presentations and Discussion