Telecommunication Policy For The Information Age / Edition 1 by Gerald W. Brock | 9780674873261 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Telecommunication Policy For The Information Age / Edition 1

Telecommunication Policy For The Information Age / Edition 1

by Gerald W. Brock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674873262

ISBN-13: 9780674873261

Pub. Date: 09/01/1998

Publisher: Harvard University Press


Gerald Brock develops a new theory of decentralized public decisionmaking and uses it to clarify the dramatic changes that have transformed the telecommunication industry from a heavily regulated monopoly to a set of market-oriented firms. He demonstrates how the decentralized decisionmaking process--whose apparent element of chaos has so often invited

Overview


Gerald Brock develops a new theory of decentralized public decisionmaking and uses it to clarify the dramatic changes that have transformed the telecommunication industry from a heavily regulated monopoly to a set of market-oriented firms. He demonstrates how the decentralized decisionmaking process--whose apparent element of chaos has so often invited criticism--has actually made the United States a world leader in reforming telecommunication policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674873261
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Positive Results of the Decentralized Process

Potential Benefits of a Decentralized Policy Process

Plan of the Book

Perspectives on the Policy Process

Blackstone versus Bentham

Landis versus Stigler

Information Economics and Transaction Costs

Preferences and Principles

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

Institutions of Telecommunication Policy

The Communications Act of 1934

The Structure of the FCC

Non-FCC Policy Institutions

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

THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPETITION

Competition in Terminal Equipment

Hush-A-Phone

Carterfone

Protective Connecting Arrangements

Opposition to Terminal Competition

Computer II and Detariffing

Initial Long Distance Competition

Bulk Private Service: "Above 890"

MCI Initial Application

Specialized Common Carrier Competition

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

STRUCTURAL BOUNDARIES

The Divestiture

The Consumer Communications Reform Act

The Antitrust Suit

The Reagan Administration'sPerspectives

The Divestiture Agreement

Implementing the Divestiture

Access Charges: A Confusing Ten Billion Dollar Game

The First Plan: Pre-Divestiture Agreement

The 1982 Access Plan

Separations Reform and High-Cost Subsidy

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

ALTERNATIVES TO THE DIVESTITURE MODEL

The Dismantling of Structural Separation

The Third Computer Inquiry

The DOJ and the MFJ Information Services Restriction

Judge Greene and the Information Services Restriction

Competition in Local Service

Network Issues with Local Competition

Local Competition and Interconnection

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

Conclusion

The Evolution of Telecommunication Policy

Fact Perceptions Incorporated into Policy

Policy Goals

Notes

Index

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