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Communications Law Research Guide

This guide suggests resources in media law, First Amendment, cable and broadcasting law, computer and internet law, and telecommunications.

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Professional Associations, Organizations, and Institutes

A. UNITED STATES

  • Telecommunications Industry Association
    TIA is a non-profit trade association serving the U.S. communications and information technology industry.
  • TPRC
    TPRC is a non-profit organization which hosts annual forum for scholars engaged in publishable research on policy-relevant telecommunications and information issues, and for public- and private-sector decision makers engaged in telecommunications and information policy. The Web site provides access to program information and proceedings (1994-present).
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
    EFF is a donor-supported membership organization working to protect our fundamental rights regardless of technology; to educate the press, policymakers and the general public about civil liberties issues related to technology; and to act as a defender of those liberties. Among its various activities, EFF opposes misguided legislation, initiates and defends court cases preserving individuals' rights, launches global public campaigns, introduces leading edge proposals and papers, hosts frequent educational events, engages the press regularly, and publishes a comprehensive archive of digital civil liberties information on its web site.
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
    Public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.
  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
    ICANN is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers.
  • Software & Information Industry Association
    SIIA is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age.
  • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding.

B. GLOBAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
    ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues.
  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
    ICANN is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet‰s unique identifiers.
  • Radio-Television News Directors Association & Foundation (RTNDA)
    RTNDA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries. The Web site provides general information about the Association and its educational arm. It also provides access to its research results. The more resent research results are available for a fee.

Sources for Statistics

  • FCC Web Site. Different bureaus keep statistics on different topics. Consult the list of bureaus underAdministrative Agencies above. Below are examples of some bureaus' statistics pages:
    • Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
      • Quarterly Inquiries & Complaints Reports - These reports track consumer inquiries and complaints processed by CGB each quarter. Inquiries are defined as correspondence or communications received at the Commission from individuals seeking information on matters under the FCC‰s jurisdiction. Informal consumer complaints are defined as a communication received at CGB‰s consumer centers either via postal mail, fax, email or telephone from or on behalf of an individual that: (i) identifies a particular entity under the FCC‰s jurisdiction; (ii) alleges harm or injury; and (iii) seeks relief.
    • Enforcement Bureau
    • International Bureau
      • Annual Circuit Status Report - This report traces the development and trend of the international telecommunications industry. It consists of 31 statistical tables and 16 figures. Although the majority of the tables covers recent trends, also included is historical information as far back as 1950. Much of the information contained in these statistical trends are from the Commission's annual international traffic releases. This report compares trend information for 40 selected countries and 10 regions of the world. Also included are rate information and statistics on prepaid calling card. Individual U.S. international carrier information as well as share information can also be found in this report.
      • Annual International Telecommunications Data - This report is an annual report which captures traffic between the United States and other countries for international message telephone, private line, and miscellaneous services on a country-by-country basis. The data are compiled from reports submitted to the FCC by U.S. carriers pursuant to section 43.61(a) of the Commission's rules. International billed minutes, revenues, payouts, and receipts are contained in the annual report. Also contained in the publication are world total statistics for international pure resale providers. The information is used in the U.S. government to support policies and in the telecommunications industry for facilities planning.
      • Satellite Competition Report - This new report will provide an annual assessment of the state of competition in markets for domestic and international satellite services.
      • Trends in the International Telecommunications Industry - This report traces the development and trend of the international telecommunications industry. It consists of 31 statistical tables and 16 figures. Although the majority of the tables covers recent trends, also included is historical information as far back as 1950. Much of the information contained in these statistical trends are from the Commission's annual international traffic releases. This report compares trend information for 40 selected countries and 10 regions of the world. Also included are rate information and statistics on prepaid calling card. Individual U.S. international carrier information as well as share information can also be found in this report.
    • Media Bureau
      • Media Reports on the Cable Industry - This page provides links to Annual Assessments of the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming (MVPD Competition Reports), Annual Reports on Cable Industry Prices, and Periodic Reviews of the Radio Industry.
    • Wireline Competition Bureau
      • Analyses and Data on the Telecommunications Industry - The WCB Industry Analysis and Technology Division's economic, financial, and statistical analyses of the common carrier telecommunications industry. This page provides links to reports on the following topics: Statistical Trends in Telephony, Local and Long Distance Telephone Industries, Local Telephone Competition and Broadband Deployment, Statistics of Communications Common Carriers, Telephone Industry Infrastructure and Service Quality, Federal-State Joint Board Monitoring Reports, National Exchange Carrier Association and Universal Service Administrative Company Data, International Traffic Data, and Telephone Numbering Facts.
  • Digital TV Transition (DTV.gov): U.S. Digital TV Transition Statistics - Provides statistics by U.S. region, with demographic information on education level, age, language, race, and median income.
  • NTIA National Telecommunications and Information Administration - The Reports, Filings and Notices page provides links to statistical data.
  • Pew Internet & American Life Project - Gathers and disseminates statistics on U.S. Internet usage.
  • Telecommunications Industry Association Research & Resources - This industry association provides telecommunications industry market reviews and forecasts. Some data must be purchased.
  • LexisNexis Statistical - Abstracts and index to statistical materials published by federal and state governmental agencies as well as private national, international, and intergovernmental organizations.

For additional statistical resources, see our Statistical & Empirical Legal Studies Research Guide.