Wikipedia:WikiProject United States Public Policy/Courses/Spring 2011/Media and Telecommunication Policy (Jonathan Obar)

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Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Michigan State University

Michigan State University
Motto Advancing Knowledge. Transforming Lives.
Affiliations College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law
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Course Description[edit]

A professional or academic involved in the telecommunications industry cannot overlook one of its central characteristics -- that it is a regulated industry. This course introduces you to the basic elements of telecommunications regulation, allowing you to become a better-informed professional with the ability to analyze phenomena in this industry and contextualize them in a broad framework. The course will establish for its students the context for regulation, its justifications, history, structure, principles, standards, technological challenges, economic pressures, and legal solutions. Students will study regulatory concepts in their broadest sense and at the same time will be exposed to specific contemporary and historical issues faced by the industry and debated among practitioners and regulators alike.

Assignment overview[edit]

Wikimedia Public Policy Initiative

Mission as noted on:

“The Public Policy Initiative is a pilot project that the Wikimedia Foundation is running during the 2010-11 academic year. Professors at public policy programs in universities in the United States are participating in our initiative by asking their students to improve articles on the English-language Wikipedia as part of the curriculum.”

“The Public Policy Initiative is a completely new and exciting model for outreach with subject matter experts on Wikipedia. It's also a first for the Wikimedia Foundation, and something we hope will lead us toward new best practices and a solid foundation to better collaborate with our volunteers and with academic and institutional partners. We believe that the Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative will both improve public policy content during the duration of the project and also produce information and infrastructure that could inform the design and development of a long¬-term sustainable model.”


TC 210 has been chosen to participate in this initiative.


• As noted in the course syllabus, throughout the semester portions of our class-time will be devoted to this project.

• Students will learn:

o About Wikipedia’s mission and goals
o The anatomy of Wikipedia articles
o How to create a Wikipedia account and how to use it!
o How to properly research, develop, contribute and edit content for Wikipedia
o What it means to participate in Wiki-culture

• Students will participate in this project while concurrently learning and researching about media and communication policy issues.

• Students will choose an issue that is of interest to them partway through the semester and either contribute an update to a Wikipedia page or create their own brand new page!

MSU's TC 210 will be recognized (hopefully) with numerous awards for awesomeness.

Assignment Timeline[edit]

Due: 1/25 - Create a Wikipedia Account
Due: 1/25 - Link account to the page (include name), add picture, write something about yourself
Due: 2/1 - Choose a topic and post the topic and group members in the “Areas of Study” section of the Wikipage (Next section)
Due: 2/3 - Complete Assignment Four (see Angel for full details)
Due: 2/10 - Complete Assignment Five: Annotated Bibliography (see Angel for full details)
Due: 3/15 - Complete Assignment Six: Get in touch with online mentor and add 250 words to be added to one group member's page (See Angel for full details)
Due: 5/5 - Complete Assignments Seven and Eight (See Angel for details)

Areas of Study[edit]

New Media Issues & Policy Debates[edit]

Bandwidth allocation[edit]

Group 1

Notes: Initial material on discussion page. Needs to be divided into sections so that it looks like a Wikipedia article. Really need to start adding citations to this article. Jaobar (talk) 04:46, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

Bandwidth throttling[edit]

Group 2

Notes: Keep on going! More citations needed. Jaobar (talk) 04:49, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

Blog del Narco[edit]

Notes: 1) New group 2) Need an online mentor. Jaobar (talk) 21:56, 2 April 2011 (UTC)[edit]

Group 3


Comcast NBC merger[edit]

Group 4

Notes: 1) Material moved to main space. 2) I just started discussion page 3) Improper use of citations Jaobar (talk) 22:02, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

Data discrimination[edit]

Group 5

Notes: 1)Good start, not moved to main page. 2) Existing article has an active discussion page. 3)In touch with the online mentor, not contacted recently though Elifyilmaz (talk) 06:01, 3 April 2011 (UTC)Elifyilmaz

Internet backbone[edit]

Group 6

1) Nice start! No materials on the main page yet. 2) Communicating with the mentor. 3) You may also consider signing up for the lab sessions if you already haven't done so. Elifyilmaz (talk) 06:28, 4 April 2011 (UTC)Elifyilmaz

Internet Service Provider[edit]

Group 7

1) Good work so far, not moved to main page though. 2) In contact with the mentor. 3) You may consider signing up for the lab sessions Elifyilmaz (talk) 05:22, 3 April 2011 (UTC)Elifyilmaz

National Telecommunications and Information Administration[edit]

Group 8

1) Nice start so far! They haven't moved materials to the main page. 2) The article already has discussion page but they are old. 3) No recent contact with the mentor. 4) Get in touch with your mentor and consider signing up for the lab sessions if you haven't already. Elifyilmaz (talk) 06:19, 4 April 2011 (UTC)Elifyilmaz

Spectrum auction[edit]

Group 9

1) Good start. Material not on the main page but have some parts ready. 2) Get your online mentor's feedback on your current work, and if you need you may think about signing up for a lab session too. Elifyilmaz (talk)Elifyilmaz

Tiered service[edit]

Group 10

1) Excellent work so far! 2) Have feedback from Dr. Obar and online mentor. 3)Please contact me if you need any questions or need helpElifyilmaz (talk) 06:34, 4 April 2011 (UTC)Elifyilmaz

Tying of Apple Products[edit]

Group 11

Notes: Excellent work thus far. Are you going to be creating your own page? Jaobar (talk) 23:10, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

The final page is located here P. Rifel (talk) 20:06, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

Tying of the iPhone to AT&T[edit]

United States 2008 wireless spectrum auction[edit]

Group 12

Notes: Nothing added to the main space. Jaobar (talk) 23:13, 13 April 2011 (UTC) I've added Assignment 6 (plus some extra) to the main space. Tuoheyjo (talk) 13:16, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

National Broadband Plan (United States)[edit]

Group 13

Notes: A lot has been added, but needs to be cleaned up to make the page look like a Wikipedia article. Jaobar (talk) 04:54, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006[edit]

Group 14

Notes: Good start. Mid-importance assigned, which is a good sign. Keep building! Jaobar (talk) 23:15, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Yes this is a good start, and you are encourage to keep building the article. See the talk page which references the more correct way to have moved the draft into article space. My76Strat (talk) 01:15, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

Traditional Media Issues & Policy Debates[edit]

Children's Television Act[edit]

Group 15

Communications Act of 1934[edit]

Group 16

1) Good work but hasn't moved material to main page yet. 2) They have been in contact with the mentor.3) Consider signing up for the lab sessionsElifyilmaz (talk)Elifyilmaz

FCC regulations on children’s programming[edit]

Group 17

1) Great work so far!! moved essential material to main page. 2) You have good suggestions from your mentor. Let's start with following them to extend the article. 3) Please consider signing up for a lab session (on project's discussion page). Elifyilmaz (talk) 05:06, 3 April 2011 (UTC)Elifyilmaz

Media cross-ownership[edit]

Group 18

1) Great work so far!!! 2) Active discussion page. 3) Please read my feedback too on your discussion page.

Representation of African Americans in Media[edit]

Group 19

1) No materials on the main page, haven't started. 2) I created discussion page 3) No sign of contacting mentor Elifyilmaz (talk) 05:17, 3 April 2011 (UTC)Elifyilmaz

See my (talk) page for mentor communication. --AestheticFriends (talk) 13:41, 5 April 2011 (UTC)

Willis Graham Act[edit]

Public Broadcasting Act of 1967[edit]

Group 20

1) Good start! Haven't moved initial material to main page yet. 2) You may start working on your mentor's feedback. 3) Please consider signing up for lab sessions if you haven't already.Elifyilmaz (talk) 06:03, 4 April 2011 (UTC)Elifyilmaz

Public Advocacy[edit]

Direct lobbying[edit]

Group 21

Notes: Excellent work! Let's keep it going! Jaobar (talk) 23:16, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Free Press (organization)[edit]

Group 22

1) Good start, not moved material to main page yet 2) Article already has an active discussion page. 3) You may consider joining lab sessions to advance your article. 4) In contact with mentor. Elifyilmaz (talk) 05:52, 3 April 2011 (UTC)Elifyilmaz

Grassroots lobbying[edit]

Group 23

1) Few lines on the main page, it's good that you are starting to edit the article page. 2) I left some notes on Nageljac09's talk page. 3) Consider signing up for lab sessions Elifyilmaz (talk) 05:57, 4 April 2011 (UTC)Elifyilmaz

Media Access Project[edit]

Group 24

1) Okay start, materials moved to main page. 2) Attend to the feedback Dr. Obar and your mentor provided. 3) Discussion page is active Elifyilmaz (talk)Elifyilmaz


FCC v. AT&T Inc.[edit]

Group 25

Notes: Material moved to the main space. Keep building! Jaobar (talk) 23:20, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod v. FCC[edit]

Group 26

Notes: 1) Material moved to main space, looking good so far. 2) Lab was productive, new material soon to come. 3) Please start using your discussion page and interacting with your online mentor.Jaobar (talk) 22:17, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

Metallica v. Napster, Inc.[edit]

Group 27

1) Needs to start 2) Created the discussion page. 3) No sign of interacting with the mentor recently.Elifyilmaz (talk) 04:57, 3 April 2011 (UTC)Elifyilmaz

Sable Communications of California v. FCC[edit]

Group 28

Notes: 1) Great work thus far. 2) Online mentor has offered some useful feedback. Looking forward to seeing what you add next.Jaobar (talk) 22:14, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association v. FCC[edit]

Group 29

Notes: 1) Great start, material in the main space. 2) Need to start interacting with your online mentor and using the discussion page.Jaobar (talk) 22:15, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

USTA v. FCC[edit]

Group 30

Notes: 1) Excellent work thus far, keep it up! 2) Would like to see more use of the discussion page, and some interaction with your online mentor.Jaobar (talk) 22:12, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

Verizon Communications Inc. v. FCC[edit]

Group 31

Notes: 1) Excellent work thus far, 2) Discussion page somewhat active, what are you planning to add next? 3) Are you going to add that large text box that I suggested?Jaobar (talk) 22:10, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

Other Articles Students Have Edited[edit]

Please post links to the other Wikipedia articles that you have edited - A quick description of the edit, your name, and your tag. If your article doesn't fit in one of the categories created, create your own! Please keep the topics alphabetized.




  • Almond - Added information on heath benefits of the nut, based on a study by the American Heart Association. Kylesnage (talk) 22:34, 10 March 2011 (UTC)
  • Apple - Added information on heath benefits of apples, based on a study in a research center in Hong Kong. Kylesnage (talk) 22:41, 10 March 2011 (UTC)
  • Blueberry - Added information on healthiness of the berry.Kylesnage (talk) 22:41, 10 March 2011 (UTC)
  • Danger zone (food safety) - Added information on bacteria growth and prevention with reference. Ayroiger (talk) 23:11, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
  • French Fries - Added a sentence and citation about the 2002 lawsuit against McDonald's for using beef extract in french fries. Mcclel71 (talk) 01:12, 4 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Kimchi - Added information into Kimchi main ingredients section.scannah (User talk:scannah) 01:15, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Tofu skin roll - Added in common ingredients into fried section. Amoy48473 (talk)
  • Waffle - Added information into Kimchi main ingredients section.scannah (talk) 01:15, 2 May 2011 (U



Media and Communication Policy[edit]

Michigan State University[edit]



New Media[edit]





Slave Trade[edit]





  • Attack_of_the_show - Revised some sentence structure, added some internal links and external to show channels on Hulu and Youtube J Komara (talk) 00:57, 4 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Fractale - Fixed the plot description and background information to be more complete and clear. Added "The Lost Millennium" to the list of background terms. Added descriptions of secondary characters.
  • F.R.I.E.N.D.S - Corrected casting information on one of the characters. Sonntag6 (talk) 02:06, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
  • I Love Lucy - Added information on CBS restricting Desi from being pregnant in the show(at first) Sonntag6 (talk) 02:27, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Scooby-Doo - In 2.1 The CBS Years, in the second paragraph, I added the four names of the characters of the "Mystery Gang" to the first sentence. I then added 5 internal citations for Scooby, Fred, Shaggy, Daphne and Velma. User: Bellerca (talk) 16:55, 14 April 2011
  • That 70s Show - Added information about "the circle" Sonntag6 (talk) 03:40, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
  • The Event - Added main cast info about Thomas. Daxter21 (talk) 05:07, 5 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Trailer Park Boys - Added two descriptive sentences under the main section Characters to the paragraph under "Recurring Cast Members" and an internal citation to the word 'characters' in the first sentence "Each of the characters..." User: Bellerca (talk) 15:58, 5 April 2011
  • How I Met Your Mother - Added a section about the bro code Sonntag6 (talk) 04:20, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Sex and the City - Added a section about sound track lists of film in 2008 scannah (talk) 03:40, 2 May 2011(UTC)

Video Gaming[edit]

  • APB: Reloaded - Added information about closed beta testing phases, the upcoming open beta testing phase, and added a citation to an earlier edit by another user. Cavana60 (talk) 13:16, 22 March 2011 (UTC)
  • Added citations to two previous edits by other users. Cavana60 (talk) 04:18, 2 May 2011 (UTC)


The TC 210 Team[edit]

Add your picture, a short description (Year, Major, something interesting), and the article(s) you're updating.

Our Class in the News[edit]

STATE NEWS 1/20/11
TISM NEWS 2/3/11


This is a list of the students in the class. Next to your user name, please put your real name and the project you are working on.


Helpful Links[edit]

Background and introductory literature[edit]

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Welcome to Wikipedia brochure
Editing Wikipedia brochure EN.pdf
Beginner "Welcome to Wikipedia" gives you a basic introduction into contributing to Wikipedia. You will learn how to create a Wikipedia user account, how to start editing, and how to communicate with other contributors. You will also learn how articles evolve on Wikipedia and how to rate the quality of an existing article. The "Welcome to Wikipedia" brochure contains 17 pages and an additional quick reference that helps you to remember the most frequently used wiki markup commands. PDF
Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia
Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia.pdf
Beginner "Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia" is an editorial published in PLoS Computational Biology that gives advice for scientists (also relevant to other scholars and experts) on how to effectively contribute to Wikipedia. PDF
Evaluating Wikipedia article quality brochure
Evaluating Wikipedia brochure.pdf
Beginner Evaluating Wikipedia article quality is a reference guide with specific steps you can take to get the most out of Wikipedia, as well as a look at how its quality system works. PDF
Introduction to free licenses pamphlet
Introduction to free licenses 2010-11-27 (web).pdf
Beginner Introduction to free licenses helps you understand the basic concepts of free licenses. It explains the idea of free licenses, as well as terms like "CC-by-SA" and "public domain". PDF

Editing references, instructions and guides[edit]

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Editing reference sheet
Wiki markup cheatsheet EN.pdf
Beginner This one-page quick reference helps you to remember the most frequently used wiki markup commands. PDF
How to get help handout
Classroom handout - How to get help.pdf
Beginner This one-page handout explains the recommended way to get help and feedback for classes supported by Wikipedia Ambassadors: by posting on their course talk page and notifying their mentor. It also includes a glossary of additional help resources students might use. PDF
Citing sources handout
Intermediate This handout explains why references are important, where to place them, and the basics of adding "ref" tags. PDF
Plagiarism handout
Intermediate This handout explains what plagiarism is on Wikipedia in addition to why and how to avoid it. PDF
Moving out of your sandbox instructions
Classroom handout - moving out of your sandbox.pdf
Intermediate This handout walks through how to move an article draft from a userpage sandbox into Wikipedia PDF
File licensing tutorial
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Beginner This short handout explains why and how uploaded files (images) should be licensed. SVG image
Referencing: WikiCode Handout
Beginner This handout explains the basics of "ref" tags and the "name" parameter as well as "citation templates." PDF
Image uploading handout
Intermediate This handout explains the basics of uploading an image on the English Wikipedia. PDF
Submitting an article to the Did You Know process instructions
Classroom handout - Submitting an article to the Did You Know process.pdf
Advanced This handout walks through how to submit a new or newly expanded article to the Did You Know process so that it will appear on the Main Page. PDF
Visual explanation of the user contribution page
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