Phyllis W. Bernt

Phyllis Bernt

Professor Emerita

Phyllis W. Bernt, PhD (retired)

Website : www.its.ohiou.edu/bernt/

E-mail : bernt@ohio.edu

Courses Taught
  • Common Carrier Regulation
  • Applications of Common Carrier Regulation
  • Privacy in the Information Age
  • International Communication Networks
  • Management of Communication Resources
  • IT Compliance
  • Strategic Issues in IT
  • Regulation and Policy for Communication Networks
  • Women in the Information Age
Education and Certification
  • MA and PhD, English Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • MA, Business Administration (Accounting Emphasis), University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • BA (summa cum laude), English and German, Creighton University
  • Certified Internal Auditor
Teaching Experience
  • Professor Emerita, Professor, Associate Director for Graduate Study, McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems, Ohio University
  • Director, Associate Professor, McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems, Ohio University
Industry Experience
  • Revenue Requirements Manager
  • Rates and Tariffs Supervisor
  • Supervisor, Carrier Access Billing System Unit
  • Administrator, Data Processing Cost Chargeback Systems
  • Assistant and then Associate Internal Auditor, Lincoln Telephone Company (now part of Windstream Communications)
Research Interests
  • Telecommunications and information policy
  • Universal service/universal access/digital divide
  • Broadband deployment
  • International telecommunications/ICTs
  • Privacy
  • IT compliance
  • Gender and IT
  • IT management and strategy
Books and Book Chapters

C. Sterling, P. Bernt, and M. Weiss, Shaping American Telecommunications: A History of Technology, Policy, and Economics. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 2006.

P. Bernt and M. Weiss, International Telecommunications. Carmel, Indiana: Prentice Hall Computer Publishing, 1993.

P. Bernt, “Telephone,” in Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications, ed. Donald H. Johnston. Volume IV, San Diego, California: Academic Press, 2003, pp. 367-379.

P. Bernt, “The Impact of Regulatory Affairs on the Enterprise Network,” in The Network Manager’s Handbook, ed. John Lusa. Boca Raton, Florida: Auerbach, 1998, pp. 141-157.

M. Weiss and P. Bernt, “International Telecommunications,” in The Froehlich/Kent Encyclopedia of Telecommunications, ed. Fritz E. Froehlich, Allen Kent, and Carolyn Hall.Volume 9. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1995, pp. 387-458.

Reports and Monographs

S. Lichtenberg, K. Akyea, and P. Bernt, Survey of State Universal Service Funds 2012, National Regulatory Research Institute, July 2012, Report 12-10.

P. Bluhm, P. Bernt, and J. Liu, State High Cost Funds: Purposes, Design, and Evaluation, National Regulatory Research Institute, January 19, 2010, Report 10-04.

P. Bluhm and P. Bernt, Carriers of Last Resort: Updating a Traditional Doctrine, National Regulatory Research Institute, July 2009, Report 9-10.

P. Bernt, J. Bernt, and S. Turner, Gender and Race in the Visual Representation of Technical, Scientific, and IT Occupations in Career Materials Recommended to Middle School Students, National Science Foundation Getting the Media Message Report, 2006.[http://www.csm.ohiou.edu/mediamessage/CareerBooksReport.pdf]

P. Bernt, J. Bernt, and S. Turner, The Representation of Computer and Information Technology, Race, and Gender in the Media Environment of Middle School Students. National Science Foundation Getting the Media Message Report, 2006. [http://www.csm.ohiou.edu./mediamessage/NSFStudyResults.pdf]

P. Bernt, Balancing Competition and Universal Service: The Role of the Regulator Five Years After the Telecommunications Act. NRRI 01-06, Columbus, OH: National Regulatory Research Institute, March 2001.

P. Bernt, The Changing Obligation to Serve in Local Exchange Markets. NRRI 97-26, Columbus, OH: National Regulatory Research Institute, December 1997.

P. Bernt, The Eligible Telecommunications Carrier: A Strategy for Expanding Universal Service. NRRI 96-26, Columbus, OH; National Regulatory Research Institute, October 1996.

P. Bernt, Regulatory Implications of Alternative Network Models for the Provision of Telecommunications Services. Occasional Paper No. 19. Columbus. OH: National Regulatory Research Institute, November 1994.

J. Borrows, P. Bernt, and R. Lawton, Universal Service in the United States: Dimensions of the Debate, Diskussionbertrag No. 124, Wissenschaftliches Institut furKommunikationsdienste GmbH, Bad Honnef, March 1994. Reprinted as Universal Service in the United States: Dimensions of the Debate. Columbus, OH: National Regulatory ResearchInstitute, June 1994.

P. Bernt, H. Kruse, and D. Landsbergen, The Impact of Alternative Technologies on Universal Service and Competition in the Local Loop. Columbus, OH: National RegulatoryResearch Institute, October 1992.

Articles and Proceedings

P. Bernt, “Universal Service in the National Broadband Plan: A Case for Federal-State Cooperation,” Journal of Information Policy, 1,2011, 125-144.

L. Wood, P. Bernt, and C. Ting, “Implementing Public Utility Commission Web Sites: Targeting Audiences, Missing Opportunities” Public Administration Review, 69(4), July/August 2009, 753-763.

P. Bernt. (2008). “The Functional-Focus Approach to Dual Jurisdiction: The Viability and Ramifications of NARUC’s Task Force Report,” Proceedings of the 17th Biennial Conference of the International Telecommunications Society.

L. Wood, P. Bernt, and C. Ting. (2008) “Implementing E-government: Obstacles and Opportunities,” Proceedings of the 17th Biennial Conference of the International Telecommunications Society.

P. Bernt, L. Wood, and C. Ting, “The Telecommunications Content of State Public Utility Commission Web Sites: Remaining Relevant in a Changing Marketplace,” Government Information Quarterly, 24, 3 (2007), 539-553.

L. Wood, C. Ting, and P. Bernt. (2007) “Governing Egovernment: Behind the Scenes of Public Utility Commission Websites,” in Proceedings of the Fifth Annual ITERA Conference, C. Simonavice and T. Holmes (eds.), Murray, KY: Murray State University Center for Telecommunications Systems Management.

Sandra V. Turner, P. W. Bernt, and J. P. Bernt (2007). “Involving Middle School Students as Co-Researchers of their Media Environment,” in Powerful Pedagogies for Learning Resource Learning to Learn (Adelaide, South Australia: Department of Education and Children’s Services, Government of South Australia). [DVD]

P. Bernt, C. Ting, and L. Wood. (2006) “The Regulator as Educator in a Competitive Telecommunications Market,” in Proceedings of the Fourth Annual ITERA Conference, C. Simonavics, and T, Holmes, (eds.), Murray, KY: Murray State University Center for Telecommunications Systems Management.

P. Bernt, S. Turner, J. Bernt, “Middle School Students are Co-Researchers of Their Media Environment: An Integrated Project,” National Middle School Journal, September 2005, pp. 38-44.

P. Bernt and J. Bernt, “The Impact of Online Bookselling on Used Book Prices: Common Titles Drop; Rare Titles Rise in Value,” in ForeWord: The Magazine of Independent Publishing, 3:10 (October 2000), 20-23.

P. Bernt and J. Bernt, “Special Report: The Impact of Online Bookselling on Used Book Prices: Common Titles Drop; Rare Titles Rise in Value,” in ForeWord Online, October 2000. (http://www.forewordmagazine.com/articles/2000/October/1000specialreport.asp)

P. Bernt and T. Roycroft, “The Telecommunications Act of 1996: An Unfunded Mandate for the States,” Central Business Review, Volume XV, No. 2, Summer 1996, pp. 3-12.

P. Bernt, H. Kruse, and D. Landsbergen, “The Impact of Alternative Technologies on Universal Service and Competition in the Local Loop,” in Telematics and Informatics, Volume 10, Number 4 (Fall 1993), pp. 359-377.

Papers

A. R. Feger, M. Tucker, P. Bernt, and N. Gullekson, “Gender Roles in Teams: Have Things Changed?” Journal of Interdisciplinary Business Research, 1, 2012, https://www.sbrconference.com/JIBS.html.

M. Tucker, A. R. Feger, P. Bernt, and N. Gullekson, “Gender Roles in Teams: Have Things Changed?” presented at the Society of Business Research Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, November 1-3, 2012.

P. Bernt, “Universal Service in the National Broadband Plan: A Case for Federal-State Cooperation, “ presented as part of the workshop, “The Broadband Act of 2011: Designing a Communications Act for the 21st Century,” New America Foundation, Washington, D.C., September 29, 2010.

P. Bernt, “Should the Whole World Be Watching? The Tension Between Social Networks and national privacy policies,” presented at the 38th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy, Arlington, VA, October 2, 2010

P. Bernt and M. Dalton, “The State of IT Compliance in Higher Education,” poster session at 2010 Educause Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, October 13-14.

M. Hendricks, M. Cumberbach, N. Pecora, and P. Bernt, “Who’s Holding the Clipboard: College Female Media Production Students,” Conference on Reimagining Girlhood:  Communities, Identities, Self Portrayals, State University of NY College at Cortland, October 22-24

P. Bernt, P. Bluhm, and J. Liu, “State Universal Service Programs: Results of Surveying the State Commissions,” presented to the 37th Telecommunications Policy Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy, Arlington, Virginia, September 27, 2009.

“The Local Advantage: The Web Presence of Small Telephone Companies,” presented to the ITERA 2008 Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, March 27, 2008.

“Implementing E-Government: Obstacles and Opportunities,” presented to the International Telecommunications Society 17th Biennial Conference, Montreal, Canada, June 24-27, 2008. (with L. Wood and C. Ting)

“Gender and Race Differences in Media Use and Career Choice among Middle School Students,” presented to the Open Competition, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium, New Orleans, LA March 10, 2007. (with J. Bernt) (selected as top faculty paper)

“The Absence of Information Technology Representation in the Favorite Movies of Middle School Students,” presented to the Communication Technology Division at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Midwinter Conference, Reno, NV February 24, 2007. (with J. Bernt)

“So Many Cell Phones, So Little Talk of Cellular Health Risks: Coverage of Health Risks and Cellular Technology in 15 Metropolitan Papers, 1993-2005,” presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 5, 2006. (with J. Bernt)

“The Regulator as Educator in a Competitive Telecommunications Market,” presented at the Fourth Annual ITERA Conference, Las Vegas, NV, March 19, 2006. (with L. Wood and C. Ting)

“Representation of Gender and Race in Images of Information Technology in Magazines Popular with Middle School Students,” presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Meeting, August 10, 2005, San Antonio, Texas. (with J. Bernt and Tomoko Kanayama)

“Gendered Images of Information Technology in Magazines Popular with Middle School Students,” presented at the Popular Culture Association Annual Meeting, March 24, 2005, San Diego, California. (with J. Bernt and Tomoko Kanayama)

“Gender Differences in the Media Use of Middle School Students,” presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Convention, Toronto, Ontario, August 6, 2004. (with J. Bernt and S. Turner).

“The Visual Representation of Women and Minorities in Career Information Materials Involving Information Technology and Science Careers,” presented at the American Educational Research Association, 85th Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, April 12-16, 2004 (with Beatrice Boateng, J. Bernt, and S. Turner).

“Does Access Equal Information: Implications of the National Debate,” presented at the 53rd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, San Diego, California, May 27, 2003.

“Gender Patterns in Middle School Students’ Media Use,” presented at the American Educational Research Association, 84th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April, 23, 2003 (with J. Bernt and S. Turner)

“Involving Middle School Students as Co-Researchers of Their Media Environment,” presented at the American Educational Research Association, 84th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April, 23, 2003 (with J. Bernt and S. Turner)

“Why Women Choose Information Technology Careers: Educational, Social, and Familial Influences,” American Educational Research Association 83rd Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 5, 2002. (with S. Turner and Norma Pecora)

“Our Daily Trivia: The Knowledge Base of Syndicated Crossword Puzzles,” Popular Culture Association Conference, Toronto, Canada, March 16, 2002. (with J. Bernt)

“Framing the Debate: The Use of the Term ‘Digital Divide’ in Congressional Hearings,” IAMCR/ICA Symposium on the Digital Divide, Austin, Texas, November 17, 2001. (with Duncan Brown)

“The Narrowing Knowledge Base of The New York Times’ Sunday Crossword,” Popular Culture Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 13, 2001. (with J. Bernt) “World Wide Web, E-Commerce, and the Rise of the Book,” Popular Culture Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 20, 2000. (with J. Bernt)

“Implementing Section 706: The Issues, the Concerns, and the View from Congress,” Current Issues Challenging the Regulatory Process Conference, New Mexico State University, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 14, 2000.

“A Tale of Two Concepts: ‘Universal Service’ and ‘The Public Interest’ Following the U.S. Telecommunications  Act of 1996,” International Association for Media and Communication Research, Leipzig, Germany, July 30, 1999. (with Duncan Brown)

“Considering the Past While Moving Toward the Future: Separations Reform, Access Charges and Universal Service Arrangements,” Current Issues Challenging the Regulatory Process Conference, New Mexico State University, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 11, 1998.

“The Telecommunications Act of 1996: A Broadened Universal Service Mandate,” American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Fort Worth, Texas, April 4, 1997.

“The Use of Cost Proxy Models: Setting the Stage,” Current Issues Challenging the Regulatory Process Conference, New Mexico State University, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 11, 1997. (with Trevor Roycroft)

“The Implications of Trade Policy for Domestic Telecommunications,” Conference on Exploring Electronic Space: Economic, Policy and Social Dimensions of Information Technology, Hikone, Japan, May 17, 1996.

“Universal Service in an Era of Local Competition: Questions and Concerns,” Current Issues Challenging the Regulatory Process Conference, New Mexico State University, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 12, 1996.

“Emphasizing Customer Choice: The Key to Local Competition,” Current Issues Challenging the Regulatory Process Conference, New Mexico State University, Santa Fe, NM, March 13,1995.

“Business Reengineering: What Does It Take to Succeed?” Current Issues Challenging the Regulatory Process Conference, New Mexico State University, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 16, 1994.

“End User Perspectives on Billing: What They Are and What They Should Be,” 1993 U.S. Telephone Association Billing Issues Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, October 27, 1993.

“The Evolution of Telecommunications Technology and the Maintenance of Universal Service,” NARUC Annual Regulatory Studies Program, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan, August 12, 1993.

“The Role of the Public Switched Network in a ‘Network of Networks,’” Current Issues Challenging the Regulatory Process Conference, New Mexico State University, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 16, 1993.

“The Effect of Three Recent FCC Proceedings on Non-AT&T Carriers,” America’s Carriers Telecommunications Association. Atlanta, April 1992. (with Donald Manley)

“Price Caps: A Critical Evaluation,” Eighth Annual Current Issues Seminar, New Mexico State University, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 10, 1992.

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