University of Southern California

Volume 79, Number 3 (March, 2006)

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    Resolving the Problem of Performer Health and Safety in the Adult Film Industry
    Note by Maria de Cesare

    No matter how much fascination it may provide to the lives of the lonely, the curious, the adventurous, or the ordinary, it is undeniable that pornography poses problems. This statement is not startling or revolutionary; no other industry has unfailingly produced equal parts astounding revenue, excitement, shame, and fear among every echelon of society. For decades, the adult film industry has operated a thriving worldwide empire centered in Southern California, generating billions of dollars in...

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    Dealing in Debt: The High-Stakes World of Debt Collection After FDCPA
    Note by Lauren Goldberg

    Judi Norwood graduated from Arizona State University in the late 1990s. Due to the downturn in the economy, Judi was unable to find a job and consequently defaulted on the relatively small amount of money due on her MBNA credit card, about $2000. After pursuing Judi for months, the credit card company abandoned its efforts. Believing the bad situation was behind her, Judi moved to Florida, married a surveyor, had a son, and began her current job as a waitress. In the subsequent years, the small...

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    Wireless Telecommunications: Spectrum as a Critical Resource
    Article by Gerald R. Faulhaber

    Telecommunications services have always been a mix of wireline services, such as wireline telephone, cable television, and Internet access, and wireless services, such as AM/FM radio, broadcast television, and microwave-satellite transmission of electronic signals. Each mode of service has certain properties, both beneficial and detrimental. Wireline has the potential for almost unlimited capacity, such as the use of multigigabit fiber optics, but requires that the service be delivered to a part...

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    Municipal Wireless Broadband: Hype or Harbinger?
    Article by Sharon E. Gillett

    Municipal wireless is an important trend, but not for the reasons implied by much of the popular reporting that surrounds this topic. Cities are unlikely to dominate the roster of wireless broadband operators that directly serve the residential and business public. Municipalities, however, have been significant early adopters of innovative unlicensed wireless broadband technologies, providing both a market toehold to innovative products and services using those technologies, and an experimental...

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    Advanced Wireless Technologies and Public Policy
    Article by Thomas W. Hazlett & Matthew L. Spitzer

    The traditional U.S. spectrum allocation system has long been criticized – even by regulators – as overly rigid. To unleash innovative wireless technologies, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has gradually loosened government restrictions on airwave use. But the path to liberalization leads in alternative directions. One policy reform paradigm, championed by leading economists such as Ronald Coase, allows markets to allocate exclusively assigned spectrum use rights. A rival approach,...

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