This course focuses on the fundamental concepts and technologies of communications networks and the Internet, including the information theory that is the foundation of modern communication systems. It emphasizes application of these concepts to the analysis and design of network solutions to meet various service provider and iT business requirements. Topics include network media, communications protocols and standards, LAN and WAN network architectures, the Public Switched Telephone Network, and current trends in networking via the Internet. Network components, such as modems, routers, switches, and voice communications systems are analyzed. The various transport media of copper, fiber, and wireless infrastructures are compared. Critical thinking is emphasized via discussions of current and future trends in network technology, global regulatory and political issues in voice/data/video communications, and Internet governance.