What Happens When Local Phone Service is Deregulated?

Jeffrey A. Eisenach

American Enterprise Institute

Kevin W. Caves

Navigant Economics

October 1, 2012

Regulation, p. 34, Fall 2012

After more than half a century of monopoly and public utility-type regulation of retail telephone rates, the United States embarked on a path of liberalization in the early 1980s. That process is now nearing completion. However, two areas of telephone service largely remain under traditional regulation: rural-area service and “basic” service. Some states, however, have moved toward deregulation in these areas as well. This paper examines the outcomes of those efforts as compared to states that maintain traditional regulation. It finds that in terms of rates and utilization, consumers in deregulated states are at least as well off as consumers in regulated states.

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Date posted: October 1, 2012  

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Eisenach, Jeffrey A. and Caves, Kevin W., What Happens When Local Phone Service is Deregulated? (October 1, 2012). Regulation, p. 34, Fall 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2155040

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Jeffrey A. Eisenach (Contact Author)
American Enterprise Institute ( email )
1150 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
United States
Kevin W. Caves
Navigant Economics ( email )
1801 K Street, NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006
United States
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