After Divestiture

After Divestiture

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This book analyzes the politics of state regulatory decision-making in telecommunications after the ATaT divestiture in 1984. The author takes a political-economy approach that explains how interest groups and institutional factors have shaped different state policies. He shows that the structure and composition of state regulatory institutions have important effects on pricing and competition in the telecommunications industry. The innovative methodology of this work combines qualitative empirical analysis from the entire U.S. with case studies of eight states. It identifies the deregulation winners and losers by examining the impact of changes in local and long-distance price structures on different groups, including users of telecommunications services, small businesses, residential consumers, and rural residents. The book includes recommendations for improving state policy.New Jersey has long been the home of Bell Labs, and is now home to ATaamp;T Labs, Bell Communications Research, ATaamp;T International headquarters, and the National Exchange Carriers Association. New Jersey also has a tradition of innovation in other policy areas, ranking fourth in Walkera#39;s 1969 Index of innovation (New York was first). What, then, might ... In 1985, the average New York Telephone customer paid $17.00 per month for local access and usage charges. The averageanbsp;...

Title:After Divestiture
Author: Paul Eric Teske
Publisher:SUNY Press - 1990

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