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Telecommunication Policy for the Information Age

From Monopoly to Competition

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$45.50 • £36.95 • €41.00

ISBN 9780674873261

Publication Date: 09/01/1998


336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

4 line illustrations, 2 tables


  • Introduction
  • Abbreviations
  • Part I. Analytical Framework
    • 1. Introduction
      • Positive Results of the Decentralized Process
      • Potential Benefits of a Decentralized Policy Process
      • Plan of the Book
    • 2. Perspectives on the Policy Process
      • Blackstone versus Bentham
      • Landis versus Stigler
      • Information Economics and Transaction Costs
      • Preferences and Principles
    • 3. A Model of the Decentralized Policy Process
      • The Coordination of Decentralized Public Policy and of Scientific Research
      • The Structure of the Decentralized Policy Model
      • Examples of the Decentralized Policy Model
    • 4. Institutions of Telecommunication Policy
      • The Communications Act of 1934
      • The Structure of the FCC
      • Non-FCC Policy Institutions
    • 5. Economic Characteristics of the Telecommunication Industry
      • The Development of Telephone Monopoly
      • Regulation and the Sharing of Toll Revenue
      • The 1956 Consent Decree
      • Interconnection and the Network Externality
  • Part II. The Development of Competition
    • 6. Competition in Terminal Equipment
      • Hush-A-Phone
      • Carterfone
      • Protective Connecting Arrangements
      • Opposition to Terminal Competition
      • Computer II and Detariffing
    • 7. Initial Long Distance Competition
      • Bulk Private Service: “Above 890”
      • MCI Initial Application
      • Specialized Common Carrier Competition
    • 8. Interconnection and Long Distance Competition
      • The Private Line Interconnection Controversy
      • AT&T’s Rate Response to Private Line Competition
      • Execunet and Switched Services Competition
      • Interconnection Charges: ENFIA
      • Competition under the ENFIA Agreement
  • Part III. Structural Boundaries
    • 9. The Divestiture
      • The Consumer Communications Reform Act
      • The Antitrust Suit
      • The Reagan Administration’s Perspectives
      • The Divestiture Agreement
      • Implementing the Divestiture
    • 10. Access Charges: A Confusing Ten Billion Dollar Game
      • The First Plan: Pre-Divestiture Agreement
      • The 1982 Access Plan
      • Separations Reform and High-Cost Subsidy
    • 11. The Implementation of Access Charges
      • Congressional Influence on Access Charges
      • Initial Switched Access Charge
      • Managed Competition for Political Perceptions
      • Completion of the Access Charge Plan
  • Part IV. Alternatives to the Divestiture Model
    • 12. The Dismantling of Structural Separation
      • The Third Computer Inquiry
      • The DOJ and the MFJ Information Services Restriction
      • Judge Greene and the Information Services Restriction
    • 13. Competition in Local Service
      • Network Issues with Local Competition
      • Local Competition and Interconnection
    • 14. Price Caps and Regulatory Boundaries
      • The First Plan: Bridge to Deregulation
      • The Revised Plan: Better Regulation
      • Political Issues in the AT&T Price Cap Plan
      • The LEC Price Cap Plan
    • 15. Conclusion
      • The Evolution of Telecommunication Policy
      • Fact Perceptions Incorporated into Policy
      • Policy Goals
  • Notes
  • Index

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