Course Number: 95-767
Information and Telecommunication Policy in an International Context
This course provides a historical overview of the development of the telecommunications industry worldwide. Students will learn key concepts of industry structure, competition, interconnection and will be introduced to principles for network design that will apply to Next Generation Networks (NGNs). Students will also engage in discussing key issues of telecom regulatory policy with an emphasis on new approaches to segmented regulation and to universal service policy, in the context of NGNs. The course will also cover the provisioning and pricing of Quality of Service (QoS), as a management problem. An overview of the current debate on network neutrality follows, with views from the US, Europe, and Asia.