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Will the rush of the information super-highway leave U.S. telecommunication policy in the dust - or will our policy keep pace with and effectively regulate the future of telecommunication? Former FCC Bureau Chief Gerald Brock argues that the existing agencies with overlapping responsibilities can set policies that will wisely steer the telecommunication industry through the high-speed changes just around the corner. Brock develops a new theory of decentralized public decision-making and uses it to clarify the dramatic changes that have transformed the industry from a heavily regulated monopoly to a set of market-oriented finds. In a uniquely authoritative, up-to-date history of telecommunication policy - informed in part by his firsthand experience - the author looks at decisions made by the FCC, state regulatory agencies, the Department of Justice, Congress, and federal courts. He demonstrates how the decentralized decision-making process - whose apparent element of chaos has so often invited criticism - has actually made the United States a world leader in reforming telecommunication policy. Brock traces the flow of information through the bureaucratic web that regulated the divestiture and earlier transitions, such as the first monopoly-eroding attachment of terminal equipment and the development of private microwave systems. Throughout his analysis, Brock convincingly shows that decentralized policymaking generates rational outcomes consistent with public preferences. Replete with details on the role of subsidies in influencing policy, and including in-depth analysis of events after the divestiture, this study could regenerate U.S. policymaking in telecommunication and other publicrealms. It will be essential reading for everyone interested in the current debate over President Clinton's proposals concerning the information infrastructure, for all architects of public policy, and for those who study it.

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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 1995

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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.

About the Author

Gerald W. Brock is Professor of Telecommunication and Director of the Graduate Telecommunication Program at George Washington University, and was previously Common Carrier Bureau Chief at the Federal Communications Commission.

George Washington University

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674873261
Author:
Brock, Gerald W.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Telecommunications
Subject:
Telecommunication policy
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Business & Economics : General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 line illustrations, 2 tables
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 14 oz
Age Level:
From Monopoly to Competition

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