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After Divestiture: The Political Economy of State Telecommunications Regulation

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Examines the effect of the 1984 shattering of the AT&T monopoly on telephone service. Combines qualitative analysis of the US with case studies of eight states to show how local regulation and special interest groups have influenced rates for various categories of consumer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Telecommunications Regulatory History

History

Divestiture

Policy Issues After Divestiture

Conclusions

2. Political Economic Theories of Deregulation

Theories of Regulation and Deregulation

Theoretical Summary

Conclusions

3. Telecommunications Economics and State Regulatory Options

Telecommunications Economics

State Regulatory Options

Actual Policy After 1982

Conclusions

4. Interest Group Formation

General Benefits and Costs

Group Benefits and Costs

Geographic Benefits and Costs

Interest Group Incentives

5. Quantitative Analysis of State Decisions

Methodology

Independent Variables and Hypotheses

Results for Pricing Decisions

Results for Competitive Entry Decisions

Interpretations

Conclusions

6. Comparative Case Study: New Jersey and New York

Multivariate Comparison

Actual Policy Choices

Regulatory Agencies and the Policy Process

Explanations

Conclusions

7. Case Studies of Innovative States: Illinois, Virginia, and Vermont

Illinois

Virginia

Vermont

Conclusions

8. Bypassing the Regulators: U S West

U S West's Regulatory Strategy

Nebraska

Arizona

Idaho

Conclusions

9. Conclusions

Theoretical Implications

Policy Implications

Future

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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