Telecommunications Policy: Have Regulators Dialed the Wrong Number?

Synopsis

In this timely collection of essays, leading economic and communication scholars examine major policy issues confronting federal and state regulators in the telecommunications industry. The essays describe how past regulatory decisions have contributed to a growing tension between emerging competition and the preservation of specific social objectives like the continuance of universal service, and thus provide a unique perspective on the current public policy debates. Although each author discusses a different policy issue, the common theme in this volume is the compelling argument that past regulatory decisions, which were often motivated by political compromises rather than sound economic analysis, are the primary source of inefficiency that exists in the telecommunications industry today.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Robert W. Crandall
  • Frederick Williams
  • Thomas W. Hazlett
  • Peter C. Cramton
  • David L. Kaserman
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1997