Federal Communications Law Journal

Article Title

Digital Crossroads

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date


Publication Citation

57 Federal Communications Law Journal 579 (2005)


Book Review: Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age, Jonathan E. Nuechterlein & Philip J. Weiser, Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press, 2005, 670 pages.

A review of Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age, by Jonathan E. Nuechterlein and Philip J. Weiser, MIT Press, 2005. Most practitioners of communications law are familiar with the necessity of teaching themselves enough economics, engineering, and politics to practice competently and comfortably in an area that is inherently interdisciplinary. Likewise, many professors who teach telecommunications from a variety of disciplinary perspectives are familiar with the frustration of locating a text that competently introduces students to this interdisciplinary subject matter. Digital Crossroads answers these challenges with a work that introduces telecommunications policy to beginners and edifies the experienced practitioners on gaps in history and knowledge. The scope of the book is ambitious, covering not only common carrier law and policy, but video media as well. Most importantly, the book keeps the reader's eye trained on the horizon by unifying the details of policy with higher level themes in regulation-and its candid acknowledgement that the only constant in the field of telecommunications is change.