Quality and Reliability of Telecommunications Infrastructure

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About the Authors

Sanford V. Berg is a Florida Public Utilities Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Florida and the Executive Director of the Public Utility Research Center. He teaches courses in introductory microeconomics, public policies toward business, and undergraduate and graduate courses on public utility economics. His fields of specialization and research include public utility economics and pricing policies as applied to telecommunications and energy, as well as joint venture activity and innovation, the impacts of technological change on regulation, and market organization. He holds a PhD and an MPh in Economics from Yale University and a BA from the University of Washington.

Bhaskar Chakravorti is a member of the technical staff in the Economics Research Group at Bellcore. His fields of interest are: game theory and the economics of information, industrial organization, public finance, economics of telecommunications, and information systems. He has published papers in a variety of academic journals, including the Journal of Mathematical Economics, International Economic Review, the Journal of Public Economics, International Journal of Game Theory, the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and several others. He has been a consultant to several telecommunications companies, such as NYNEX, Southwestern Bell, and STENTOR ( Canada). Bhaskar Chakravorti has a PhD in economics from the University of Rochester, an MA in economics from the Delhi School of Economics ( India), and a BA in economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University ( India).

Nicholas Economides is Professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business since 1990. His fields of specialization and research include industrial or-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 1
  • Endnotes 12
  • Part 1 Economic Theory of Network Quality 15
  • Chapter 1 The Quality of Complex Systems and Industry Structure 17
  • Introduction 17
  • Concluding Remarks 38
  • Endnotes 38
  • References 41
  • Chapter 2 The Political Economy of Entry Into Local Exchange Markets 43
  • Introduction 43
  • Conclusion 58
  • Acknowledgments 59
  • Endnotes 59
  • References 61
  • Chapter 3 Dynamic Effects of Regulation on Exchange Carrier Incentives 63
  • Introduction and Overview 63
  • Summary 81
  • Acknowledgments 81
  • Chapter 4 Issues in the Pricing of Broadband Telecommunications Services 83
  • Introduction 83
  • Concluding Comments 99
  • Endnotes 101
  • Part II Regulatory Practice 105
  • Chapter 5 A New Index of Telephone Service Quality: Academic and Regulatory Review 107
  • Introduction 107
  • Concluding Observations 128
  • Acknowledgments 130
  • Appendix 130
  • References 133
  • Chapter 6 Network Utilization Principles and Pricing Strategies for Network Reliability 135
  • Introduction 135
  • Conclusion 150
  • Acknowledgments 151
  • Endnotes 151
  • References 154
  • Chapter 7 Rate Regulation and the Quality of Cable Television 155
  • Introduction 155
  • Acknowledgments 176
  • Endnotes 176
  • References 181
  • Part III Empirical Trends and Evidence 185
  • Chapter 8 Quality-Of-Service Measurement and the Federal Communications Commission 187
  • Introduction and Overview 187
  • Conclusions 197
  • Appendix A: Raw Data Received by the Commission 198
  • Appendix B: Data Components Included in the FCC Report 200
  • Appendix C: Data Summarized in the FCC Report 202
  • Chapter 9 The Impact of Local Competition on Network Quality 213
  • Introduction 213
  • Summary 222
  • Endnotes 223
  • Chapter 10 Gigabits, Gateways, and Gatekeepers: Reliability, Technology, and Policy 225
  • Introduction 225
  • Acknowledgments 236
  • Endnotes 236
  • About the Authors 239
  • Author Index 243
  • Subject Index 247
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