ERIC Number: ED192755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Telecommunications Law Reform. 1980, 96th Congress, 2nd Session.
American Enterprise Inst. for Public Policy Research, Washington, DC.
Arguments for and against the major legislative proposals pertaining to the reform of the nonbroadcast part of the nation's telecommunications law which are pending before the 96th Congress are analyzed. Background information is given regarding (1) the structure of the domestic telecommunications industry, (2) the regulatory authority which oversees the industry, (3) pricing policies, (4) competitive pricing, (5) the effect of advances in technology, (6) legislative decisions affecting competition, and (7) antitrust enforcement suits. The five major bills pending before Congress are detailed along with the changes which the administration endorses. The goals of pending legislative proposals range from the reaffirmation of the universal service goal of the Communications Act of 1934 and a return to the provision of service by monopoly carriers to opening all aspects of nonbroadcast telecommunications to competition and drastically reducing the level of regulation. A substantial list of notes and references is provided. (Author/LLS)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Inst. for Public Policy Research, Washington, DC.