Network Industries

 

Spring, 2014

 

Randal C. Picker

James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law

The Law School, The University of Chicago

 

Readings: Set 1; Set 2; Set 3

 

Date

#

Topics/Issues

Cases/Materials

Pages

Slides

Th, 3/27

1

Introduction: The Problem of Natural Monopoly and the Duties of the Public Enterprise

New State Ice Co.

1-14

Slides

M, 3/31

2

Pricing: The Constitutional Framework

Smyth, Southwestern Bell, Hope, Duquesne

15-36

Slides

W, 4/2

3

Pricing: A Traditional Rate-of-Return Regulation Case

Thornburg I, Thornburg II

37-54

Slides

Th, 4/3

4

Pricing: Price Caps

National Rural Telecom Assín, Bell Atlantic, U.S. Telephone Assín, TOPUC, FCC Order

55-72

Slides

M, 4/7

5

Pricing: Unbundling and Pricing Standards under the 1996 Telcom Act

Iowa Utilities, Verizon

73-94

Slides

W, 4/9

6

Access and Common Carriage: History

The Express Cases

95-110

Slides

F, 4/11

7

ACC: The Pole Attachments Act

Gulf Power

111-120

Slides

M, 4/14

8

ACC: Interconnection and Data Roaming

Cellco

121-136

Slides

W, 4/16

9

Building Infrastructure: Public Highways and Rural Electricity

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

137-150

Slides

Th, 4/17

10

Building Infrastructure: Natural Gas Pipelines

Wood, Southern Natural Gas [Skim: FERC Gas Pipeline Order, BNP Paribas]

151-164 [Skim: 165-182]

Slides

M, 4/21

11

Engineering Markets: Electricity

California AB 1890, FERC 1996 Cal Order, Cal Power Exchange, Cal ISO

183-208

Slides

W, 4/23

12

Cont.

Morgan Stanley

209-226

Slides

Th, 4/24

13

Cont.

Midwest ISO, ICC

227-242

Slides

M, 4/28

14

Platforms: Patents and Standard Setting

DOJ DVD Business Review Letters

243-258

Slides

W, 4/30

15

Cont.

EU Horizontal Co-Operation Agreement Guidelines

259-280

Slides

Th, 5/1

16

Cont.

FTC Google document, DOJ/USPTO Statement

281-304

Slides

M, 5/5

17

Communications Platforms: The Post Office

Post Office Act of 1845, Council of Greenburgh

305-320

Slides

W, 5/17

18

Commnications Platforms: Digital TV Standards and Spectrum

FCC 4th Advanced TV Order, FCC 5th Advanced TV Order, Budget Act of 1997 Selection, Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 Selection

321-344

Slides

Th, 5/8

19

Communications Platforms: Broadband: Legal Framework

Brand X

345-364

Slides

M, 5/12

20

Communications Platforms: Network Neutrality

FCC Open Internet Rulemaking

365-384

Slides

W, 5/14

21

Cont.

Verizon

385-404

Slides

Th, 5/15

22

Communications Platforms: Incentive Spectrum Auctions

FCC Incentive Auctions NOPR

405-422

Slides

M, 5/19

23

Review

 

Slides

Full Set