Platforms and Networks

 

Spring 2022

 

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;

Exams: Exam S19; Rubric S19; Exam S14; Rubric S14; Exam W13; Rubric W13; Exam S10; Rubric S10;

 

Date

#

Topics/Issues

Cases/Materials

Pages

Slides

M, 3/21

1

Introduction: The Post Office

Post Office Act of 1845, Council of Greenburgh, Postal Reform Act of 2022

1-30

Slides

W, 3/23

2

Introduction: Access, Common Carriage and Interconnection

The Express Cases, Terminal Railroad

31-54

Slides

Th, 3/24

3

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

55-74

Slides

M, 3/28

4

The Constitutional Framework for Rate Regulation

Smyth, Southwestern Bell, Hope, Duquesne

75-94

Slides

W, 3/30

5

Managing Grids and Networks: Natural Gas Pipelines

Southern Natural Gas, FERC Gas Pipeline Order, 2022 FERC Updates

95-118

Slides

Th, 3/31

6

Managing Grids and Networks: Electricity

Otter Tail, Midwest ISO, ICC, Ameren

119-146

Slides

M, 4/4

7

Managing Grids and Networks: Cybersecurity

White House Cybersecurity Executive Order

147-166

Slides

W, 4/6

8

Traditional Telcom: Breaking Up AT&T

AT&T

167-190

Slides

Th, 4/7

9

Traditional Telcom: Unbundling under the 1996 Telcom Act

Iowa Utilities, Verizon

191-210

Slides

M, 4/11

10

Internet: Origins

Brand X

211-228

Slides

W, 4/13

11

Internet: Net Neutrality

FCC 2015 and 2017 materials

229-252

Slides

Th, 4/14

12

Internet: Section 230

Zeran, Homeaway.com, Draft bills

253-300

Slides

M, 4/18

13

Content Platforms: HDTV and DVDs

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

301-328

Slides

W, 4/20

14

Content Platforms: Wireless Infrastructure

FCC Incentive Auctions Order, FCC Unlicensed Spectrum Order

329-348

Slides

Th, 4/21

15

Guest Speaker: Ajit Pai

 

 

Slides

M, 4/25

16

Content Platforms: Content and Carriage Conflicts

Comcast/NBC, AT&T/Time Warner

349-376

Slides

W, 4/27

17

Market Engineering: Chips

CHIPS for America Act, Misc docs

377-404

Slides

Th, 4/28

18

Market Engineering: Vaccines

2006 Pandemic Act selection, Operation Warp Speed Overview<>

405-430<>

Slides

M, 5/2

19

Market Engineering: EV Transition

2015 FAST Act selection, 2021 Infrastructure Act selection, White House Fact Sheet, FHWA press release

431-448

Slides

W, 5/4

20

Regulating Big Tech: Microsoft Remedies

Microsoft Final Judgment, Microsoft IV

449-474

Slides

Th, 5/5

21

Regulating Big Tech: Devices and Platforms

Pending U.S. Legislation

475-542

Slides

M, 5/9

22

Regulating Big Tech: DMA

European Digital Markets Act

Set 6: to P66

Slides

W, 5/11

23

Cont.

Cont.

Set 6: P67 to End

Slides

Th, 5/12

24

Review

Consolidated Slides

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Slides