ERIC Number: ED385281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Strategic Alliances and Telecommunications Policy. A Report of the Annual Aspen Institute Conference on Telecommunications Policy (9th, Aspen, Colorado, August 7-11, 1994).
Entman, Robert M.; Firestone, Charles M.
This conference explored the policy issues surrounding the growth of strategic alliances among telecommunications firms and explored the forces stimulating (and discouraging) alliances. It asked how alliances might affect public policy goals or create problems such as anticompetitive behavior or excess market power. It also explored how alliances might affect three markets: in telecommunications transmission and switching, customer premises equipment, and content. The conference was divided into three working groups paralleling these markets. Each produced a draft report analyzing issues arising out of strategic alliances in their areas and recommending possible policy solutions. A revised, integrated version of these reports form the main body of this report. After defining what is meant by "strategic alliances," and identifying underlying factors affecting companies' decisions to combine in different forms, public interest goals that these alliances might affect, both positively and negatively, are explored. The arsenal of tools that governments have to address these positive and negative traits, and the appropriate time to use them, are considered. An appendix lists conference participants. (MAS)
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Government Role, Institutional Cooperation, Integrated Services, Public Policy, Strategic Planning, Telecommunications
Aspen Institute, Publications Office, 109 Houghton Lab Lane, P.O. Box 222, Queenstown, MD 21658 ($10).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst., Queenstown, MD.