ERIC Number: ED305051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-1
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Framing Future Research: The Policy-Maker's Perspective.
Technology is moving to integrate communications and information, making it possible to provide a wide variety of services, and the United States must strive to develop a unified national telecommunications policy if it is to keep up with these changes. The United States is only a small part of what is clearly and rapidly becoming a global telecommunications marketplace, and yet telecommunications policy in this country remains balkanized. One example of this is the cable/telephone company ownership issue, where a variety of governmental agencies and entities--such as the Federal Communications Commission, federal courts, and state regulatory agencies--exercise jurisdiction and formulate often conflicting policies. In place of this current policy structure, the United States needs a unified policy that encourages innovation and permits American companies to remain competitive in the international community. An important beginning step would be to undertake research which would assess the economic costs and benefits of current and future policies. By quantifying the impact of current policies, identifying options, and analyzing various trade-offs, this type of research could point the way towards the development of a new national policy for telecommunications. (EW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (16th, Airlie House, Warrenton, VA, October 30-November 1, 1988). For other papers of this conference, see IR 013 715-735.