An Assessment of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1978-2018

By: Stuart N. Brotman  

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is celebrating its fortieth anniversary. It was created to serve as the President's principal adviser on telecommunications and information policy issues, working closely with the White House, other Executive Branch agencies, Congress, and the Federal Communications Commission. This paper reviews historic milestones from 1978 to 2018 related to NTIA's long-term impact on legislative and regulatory reform. It also assesses future directions where NTIA can provide meaningful leadership in helping to shape our nation's twenty-first-century digital policy agenda.

Telecommunications, Information Policy
Media Technologies
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Prof. Stuart N. Brotman

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Tennessee, United States

I am appointed, with tenure, as the inaugural Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This academic appointment is the only one of its kind in the world. I have taught students from 42 countries in six separate disciplines: communication, journalism, law, business, international relations and public policy. I also am an honorary adjunct professor at the Jindal Global Law School in India and an affiliated researcher at the Media Management Transformation Centre of the Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. I also served as the Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Research/Media and Communication Studies, at the University of Helsinki.