Cover: Telecommunication Policy for the Information Age: From Monopoly to Competition, from Harvard University PressCover: Telecommunication Policy for the Information Age in PAPERBACK

Telecommunication Policy for the Information Age

From Monopoly to Competition

Add to Cart

Product Details


$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

Awards & Accolades

  • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 1995
Racism in America: A Reader, edited by Harvard University Press, with a Foreword by Annette Gordon-Reed, available for free download in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Jacket: The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, by Lindsay Chervinsky, from Harvard University Press

Why You Should Participate in an (Online) Book Club

Online book clubs can be a rewarding way to connect with readers, Lindsay Chervinsky discovered, when she was invited to join one to discuss her book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution. Since my book was published in April 2020, I’ve discovered that my work appeals to three main audiences. First, the general readers who are enthusiastic about history, attend virtual events, and tend to support local historic sites. Second, readers who are curious about our government institutions and the current political climate and are looking for answers about its origins. And third, history, social studies, and government teachers