About The Quello Center
The James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law, in the Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media department of the College of Communication Art and Sciences at Michigan State University, was established in 1998 to be a world-wide focal point for excellence in research, teaching, and the development and application of expertise in telecommunication management and policy. In August 1999, Steven S. Wildman became its first Director, holding the endowed James H. Quello Chair for Telecommunication Studies, joined by Barbara A. Cherry as Associate Director and Associate Professor in the Department of Telecommunication. In 2001, Johannes M. Bauer joined the Center. A Professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, he was named Executive Director in 2003.
Communication industries are undergoing tumultuous change, creating new market opportunities and societal choices. These developments are posing new challenges for industry members in determining what products or services to market, investments to make, and marketing practices to adopt, as well as for consumers in understanding new technologies, choosing products and services, and protecting their privacy. Existing regulatory and legal systems have often been inadequate in addressing these developments, creating new policy problems and unclear choices for policy makers.
The Quello Center was founded to improve understanding of policy choices and management options affected by change in communication industries, and to assist in the development of new alternatives. The Quello Center is pursuing these goals through various activities, including: conducting rigorous interdisciplinary research and publication, both domestically and internationally; providing opportunities, such as symposia and conferences, to facilitate dialogue among policy makers, scholars, industry executives, and consumer interest groups; participating in other events and proceedings that evaluate important telecommunication policy developments; and providing expertise and research to policy making institutions.