Telecommunications and Media Policy and Law:
A Brief Webliography

Alliance for Community Media (
The Alliance for Community Media is committed to assuring everyone's access to electronic media. The Alliance accomplishes this by creating public education, advancing a positive legislative and regulatory environment, building coalitions, and supporting local organizing. A nonprofit, national membership organization founded in 1976, the Alliance represents the interests of over 1,000 public, educational and governmental ("PEG") access organizations (generally known as "public access") and public access internet centers throughout the country. It also represents the interests of an estimated 1.5 million individuals, through their local religious, community, charitable and other groups, who utilize PEG access television centers and Internet providers to speak to their memberships and their larger communities.

Alliance for Public Technology (
The Alliance for Public Technology (APT) is a nonprofit membership organization based in Washington, DC. Membership is open to all non-profit organizations and individuals, not members of the affected industries, concerned with fostering access to affordable and useful information and communication services and technologies by all people.

The Benton Foundations (
Includes substantial information regarding developments related to national telecommunications policy, the communications industry, and the National Information Infrastructure. The Benton site includes a large number of links to Web sites related to these issues and organizations. Excellent essays, opinion pieces, and research findings on a panoply of new media/new communications topics.

Broadcasting and Cable Online (
A multi-university research and outreach program designed to foster business and is a multi-university research and outreach program designed to foster business and  public policy research on communications issues of regional, national and international importance.public policy research on communications issues of regional, national and international importance.

Center for Research on Telcommunications Policy (UC Berkeley) (
Current and late-breaking news from the broadcast trenches. More than you'd ever want to know about deals, mergers, rifts, squabbles, and high-rolling fist fights in the TV and cable industry. An excellent source for news about current legislation (from an industry perspective).

Consumer Project on Technology (
Information and links to information concerning intellectual property, media monopoly, telecommunications policy, public access to media...and more.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting (
Includes useful information about CPB and the state of public broadcasting in the US; information, opinions, and research about evolving broadcasting technologies and industry trends (check out, for eg, "Projecting the Television Audience in the Digital Future" [] and "Going Digital: From Zero to One" [])

Digital Future Coaltion (
The Digital Future Coalition (DFC) was formed in the fall of 1995 to work towards a thorough, broad and balanced Congressional debate of U.S. copyright law and policy. DFC's 27 members represent virtually every segment of the "information economy" and include creators, consumersand distributors of information. DFC believes that any changes in the nation's intellectual property laws must be carefully crafted not merely to protect copyright proprietors and existing business models, but to foster broad public access to information, innovation in industry and education, and the privacy rights of all Americans.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (
Founded in 1990, EEFis a non-profit, non-partisan organization working in the public interest to protect fundamental civil liberties, including privacy and freedom of expression, in the arena of computers and the Internet. EEF's website is a good resource for tracking such issues as internet privacy and security, internet free speech and censorship.

Media Access Project (MAP) (
Media Access Project (MAP) is a twenty-four year old non-profit, public interest law firm which promotes the public's First Amendment right to hear and be heard on the electronic media of today and tomorrow. MAP's site includes information about current activities of the Project, press releases on hot telecommunication and media topics, and an excellent page of links to telecommunications policy and legislation sites and organizations (

Telecom A.M. (
Warren Publishing's exclusive wrap-up of the day's telecommunications news.

Telecommunications Act of 1996 (
A hypertext version of the 1996 Act is also available via the Benton Foundation at

Telecommunications: Law, Policy, and Society (American Communication Assn.) (
A page of links to sites related to current telecommunications law and policy.

The Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute [TIPI] (University of Texas) (
The Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute (TIPI) was established in May 1996 by the University of Texas at Austin, in response to the unprecedented opportunities in Texas associated with telecommunications. Originally established as a statewide resource, TIPI has grown to play a key role in advising both the public and private sectors in setting priorities and allocating resources at the state, national and international levels. As an interdisciplinary institute, TIPI engages faculty scholars from diverse colleges and departments from the University of Texas and various institutions of higher learning worldwide. These TIPI faculty associates assist in the design and implementation of the policy analysis and research initiatives of the Institute. They also are encouraged to seek grants and contracts in the relevant and important areas of telecommunications policy.

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