The Historical Foundations of Communications Regulation
Frederic M. Scherer
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)
October 14, 2008
HKS Working Paper No. RWP08-050
This paper, written for a conference at the University of Lisbon, surveys patterns since the 16th century in the governance of communications service providers - in order, the mails, telegraphy, the telephone, and radio. It analyzes the tendency for many communications service enterprises to be publicly-owned and identifies reasons for the exceptions. Tasks subject to either public control or regulation are identified - e.g., route structure, pricing, patent stalemates, technological standards, physical interfaces and interoperability, electromagnetic spectrum allocation, and the privacy of communications.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: Regulation, Science, Technology, Public Policy
Date posted: November 12, 2008
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