- Hardcover: 702 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press (February 4, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262140918
- ISBN-13: 978-0262140911
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,227,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age
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"A magnificent achievement. As someone who has been involved over the last four decades in what was once known as the 'telephone' business, I found *Digital Crossroads* an extraordinarily lucid description and explanation of the revolutionary significance of its transformation into 'telecommunications.' *Digital Crossroads* is not exactly light bedtime reading, but for anyone attempting to grasp these changes in our digital age, it is full of clear explanations and fair-minded assessments of the continuing regulatory issues they raise. This is a marvelous book, and well worth working through from cover to cover, as I have done."--Alfred E. Kahn, former Chairman of the New York Public Service Commission and Civil Aeronautics Board, and Advisor to President Carter on Inflation
" Digital Crossroads brings fresh clarity to a complex subject. It is thorough, comprehensive, and insightful, and will prove invaluable to anyone trying to navigate the tumultuous changes of the digital age." The Honorable Michael K. Powell
" Digital Crossroads is an essential read for anyone interested in the history-making changes occurring in communications, an industry at the heart of the American economy. It lucidly explains how and why public policy must change to accommodate the Internet"s revolutionary impact on the way people communicate. This book is a long-overdue voice of insight and reason in a field too often marked by simplistic, self-serving rhetoric." Jim Crowe , CEO, Level 3 Communications, Inc.
"*Digital Crossroads* brings fresh clarity to a complex subject. It is thorough, comprehensive, and insightful, and will prove invaluable to anyone trying to navigate the tumultuous changes of the digital age."--Michael K. Powell
"*Digital Crossroads* is an essential read for anyone interested in the history-making changes occurring in communications, an industry at the heart of the American economy. It lucidly explains how and why public policy must change to accommodate the Internet's revolutionary impact on the way people communicate. This book is a long-overdue voice of insight and reason in a field too often marked by simplistic, self-serving rhetoric."--Jim Crowe, CEO, Level 3 Communications, Inc.
About the Author
Jonathan E. Nuechterlein is chair of the telecommunications practice at the international law firm of WilmerHale. He served as Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission from 2000 to 2001 and as Assistant to the Solicitor General from 1996 to 2000.
Philip J. Weiser is Dean of the Law School, Thompson Professor of Law and Telecommunications, and Founder and Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Boulder. From 2009 to 2010, he was Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and from 2010 to 2011, he was a Senior Adviser on Technology and Innovation at the National Economic Council in the White House under President Obama.
Top Customer Reviews
Digital Crossroads is such a book. It starts with a brief history of telephone communications, and proceeds to summarize the issues raised by regulation of traditional telephone service both historically and under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. It then introduces the internet and discusses the challenges that raises both to regulation of the internet itself and the regulaton of telephony that it had previously introduced. It proceeds to introduce wireless communication and the convergence of broadcasting snd entertainment and discuss the impact of these topics in a similar fashion.
The strength of the book is that it organizes the material within each chapter in terms of economic and regulatory themes that repeat as different technologies and media are discussed, and that are the heart of debate about over any aspect of telecommunications regulation. Hence, it is relevent even though the industry has moved even since the book was published just a few years ago. (No book on this topic will ever be truly "up-to-date".) It is compehensive in its discussion of both economics, policy, law and regulation. The book is bit more supportive of simply not regulating several technologies/services than I am, but presents arguments both for and ageinst regulation even when it suggests that any regulation may be unwise.
Jonathan Nuechterlein and Philip Weiser are practicing lawyers that have taken the time to learn enough of the engineering and technology of the telecommunications world to be able to explain the intersection of law, politics, and technology to anyone with an interest in the topic. Their goal with this book is to lay a foundation for revisions to US (and global) laws as they apply to voice, data, and video communications distribution networks. While they do not have the answers yet (no one does), they lucidly and often humorously explain why today's laws and regulations are increasingly obsolete. In the process, the authors describe how technology and software are interacting to force the government to abolish the regulatory divisions between the voice and video worlds.
Nuechterlein and Weiser outline a four layer model for communications policies of the future, dividing the domain into 1) the physical infrastructure layer, 2) a logical connectivity layer, 3) an applications layer delivering voice, video, and data services to end users, and 4) a content layer that addresses publicly visible content in any format. They illustrate how this model can be used to devise laws that can effectively achieve the goals of government, and, more importantly, how the model can demonstrate the weaknesses of existing and proposed laws and rules.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative discussion of the communications networks and policy issues faced as we transition. Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by GWG
So very dry... I fell a sleep more than once reading this book for research for a paper in grad school. Lots of information. Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by B. Barth
The author regularly refers to this book in this book. Example: Something something CLECs, which we've discussed in chapter 2, something something terminating access monopoly,... Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by stonebit
This was assigned reading for a graduate class in economics (antitrust economics) and was not my favorite reading. I love reading textbooks, but this book was difficult. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Emily Graves
This is a great overview of American Telecommunications Policy. I wish there was a such a book for each area of federal policy!Published on December 23, 2011 by Michael Plasmeier
This book is very good. It covers everything from the Baby bells, Natural Monopolies to Digital Rights Management
I thought the section on convergence was especially... Read more
the book had been written in,advertised as almost new, but nice book got it for a summer classPublished on August 25, 2008 by Me