Platforms and Networks

 

Spring 2020

 

Randal C. Picker

James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law

The Law School, The University of Chicago

 

Learning Outcomes Include:

       Be familiar with the general approaches to the study of law and legal reasoning.

       Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand key concepts in substantive law, legal theory, and procedure.

       Demonstrate an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of law and the contributions that other disciplines can make to the study of law.

 

Readings: Set 1; Set 2; Set 3; Set 4; Set 5; Set 6; Set 7;

Exams: Exam W13; Rubric W13; Exam S10; Rubric S10;

 

Date

#

Topics/Issues

Cases/Materials

Pages

Slides

M, 3/30

1

Introduction: Defining the Public Enterprise

New State Ice Co., Illinois Executive Order in Response to COVID-19

1-22

Slides

W, 4/1

2

Introduction: The Post Office; The Telegraph

Post Office Act of 1845, Council of Greenburgh, Treaty of Six Nations

23-44

Slides

Th, 4/2

3

Introduction: Access, Common Carriage and Interconnection

The Express Cases, Terminal Railroad

45-68

Slides

M, 4/6

4

Introduction: Building Infrastructure: Public Highways, Rural Electricity and Rural Broadband

Selections from 1916 and 1956 Highway Acts, The Rural Electrification Act of 1936, FCC Rural Broadband Orders

69-88

Slides

W, 4/8

5

The Constitutional Framework for Rate Regulation

Smyth, Southwestern Bell, Hope, Duquesne

89-108

Slides

Th, 4/9

6

Managing Grids and Networks: Natural Gas Pipelines

Southern Natural Gas, FERC Gas Pipeline Order

109-128

Slides

M, 4/13

7

Managing Grids and Networks: Electricity

Otter Tail, Midwest ISO, ICC, Ameren

129-156

Slides

W, 4/15

8

Traditional Telcom: Breaking Up AT&T

AT&T

157-180

Slides

Th, 4/16

9

Traditional Telcom: Unbundling under the 1996 Telcom Act

Iowa Utilities, Verizon

181-200

Slides

M, 4/20

10

Internet: Origins

Brand X

201-218

Slides

W, 4/22

11

Internet: Net Neutrality

FCC 2015 and 2017 materials

219-242

Slides

Th, 4/23

12

Internet: Section 230

Zeran, Homeaway.com

243-256

Slides

M, 4/27

13

Video Platforms: HDTV and DVDs

FCC 4th Advanced TV Order, FCC 5th Advanced TV Order, DOJ DVD Business Review Letters

257-284

Slides

W, 4/29

14

Video Platforms: Content and Carriage Conflicts

Comcast/NBC, AT&T/Time warner

285-312

Slides

Th, 4/30

15

Smartphones: Wireless Infrastructure

FCC Incentive Auctions Order, FCC Unlicensed Spectrum Order

313-332

Slides

M, 5/4

16

Smartphones: Devices and Platforms

EC Android press release, Google blog posts, Spotify/Apple materials

333-350

Slides

W, 5/6

17

Platforms Today: Amazon

Amazon shareholder letters, EC Amazon press release, FTC Amazon 6(b) Petition

351-388

Slides

Th, 5/7

18

Cont.

 

 

Slides

M, 5/11

19

Platforms Today: Facebook

2019 German case summary, 2019 Cicilline letter, 2020 Facebook Settlement Approval

389-422

Slides

W, 5/13

20

Regulating Big Tech: Microsoft: The Almost Breakup

Microsoft Final Judgment, Microsoft IV

423-448

Slides

Th, 5/14

21

Regulating Big Tech: A Comparative Perspective

Australian CCC Digital Platforms report

449-478

Slides

M, 5/18

22

Regulating Big Tech: Current Situations

Picker House Statement

479-512

Slides

W, 5/20

23

Cont.

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Slides

Th, 5/21

24

Govít Production: The Covid-19 Crisis

Consolidated Slides

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Slides