ERIC Number: ED456802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Transition to an IP Environment. A Report of the Annual Aspen Institute Conference on Telecommunications Policy (15th, Aspen, Colorado, August 12-16, 2000) with Thoughts on the Implications of Technological Change for Telecommunications Policy.
Entman, Robert M.; Katz, Michael L.
The Aspen Institute's Communications and Society Program convened leaders and experts in the telecommunications and related fields to address telecommunications regulation in an IP (Internet Protocols) environment at the 15th annual Aspen Institute Telecommunications Policy Conference (Aspen, Colorado, August 12-16, 2000). The report from this conference and the accompanying paper are presented in this document. Both set forth a number of new approaches to developing telecommunications regulation-approaches that have at their heart a recognition of differences and developments in technology. The report proposes that the paradigm for telecommunications regulation--one currently based on separate silos of regulation among the various transport media--be revised. Detailed in the report are the four layers developed by conference participants: content, application, network, and data link. In order to frame regulatory concerns properly, participants encouraged policymakers to treat different layers differently. By separating telecommunications concepts into layers, policymakers can choose which layers on which to focus, stimulating competition where it is needed and where it is efficient for them to do so. The report suggests several reasons why the time may be right to adopt a Universal Service with Efficiency (USE) program, and presents participant reasoning for framing a USE program as an educational rather than a welfare program. The dialogue regarding these two concerns forms the core of this report. As a follow-up to this conference, the Aspen Institute commissioned University of California, Berkeley, business professor Michael Katz to think through the significance of such a new-layered approach to communications regulation. This paper examines the concept of "de-lamination" or unbundling layers in the telecommunications process for regulatory purposes, pointing out that de-lamination provides another framework from which to consider competition and market power, ownership issues, and whether regulations in one layer continue to be useful for other layers. (AEF)
Descriptors: Change, Conferences, Information Dissemination, Information Policy, Information Services, Information Technology, Internet, Policy Formation, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst., Queenstown, MD.
Note: A product of Aspen Institute's Communications and Society Program.