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Letter to Chairman Wheeler: Economic Evidence on Competition in Communications Markets and Implications for Key Policy Issues


Robert D. Atkinson


Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Kevin W. Caves


Navigant Economics

Robert W. Crandall


Brookings Institution; AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies

Wayne Crews


Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)

Everett Ehrlich


ESC Company

Jeffrey A. Eisenach


American Enterprise Institute

Gerald R. Faulhaber


University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School

Robert W. Hahn


University of Oxford, Smith School; Georgetown University

Kevin A. Hassett


American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Steve Pociask


The American Consumer Institute

Hal J. Singer


Economists Incorporated

Timothy J. Tardiff


Advanced Analytical Consulting Group

Leonard Waverman


Berkeley Research Group

Dennis Weisman


Kansas State University - Department of Economics

December 11, 2013


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Dear Chairman Wheeler:

Congratulations on your confirmation as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. As economists who study and write about communications policy and regulation, we agree with your comment during your confirmation hearing that β€œthe role of the FCC has evolved from acting in the absence of competition to dictate the market, to promoting and protecting competition with appropriate oversight.” The economic evidence on this point is clear: in all but a few areas, communications networks no longer have the characteristics of natural monopolies, and should no longer be regulated as public utilities. Indeed, the convergence of the communications sector into the dynamic, intensely competitive Internet ecosystem is now virtually complete.

We write because we believe these economic facts have important implications for some of the key challenges facing you and the Commission in the months and years ahead.

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Date posted: December 13, 2013  

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Atkinson, Robert D. and Caves, Kevin W. and Crandall, Robert W. and Crews, Wayne and Ehrlich, Everett and Eisenach, Jeffrey A. and Faulhaber, Gerald R. and Hahn, Robert W. and Hassett, Kevin A. and Pociask, Steve and Singer, Hal J. and Tardiff, Timothy J. and Waverman, Leonard and Weisman, Dennis, Letter to Chairman Wheeler: Economic Evidence on Competition in Communications Markets and Implications for Key Policy Issues (December 11, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2366417 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2366417

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Robert D. Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation ( email )
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Kevin W. Caves
Navigant Economics ( email )
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Robert Crandall
Brookings Institution ( email )
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AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies
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Wayne Crews
Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) ( email )
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Everett Ehrlich
ESC Company ( email )
Washington, DC
United States
Jeffrey A. Eisenach (Contact Author)
American Enterprise Institute ( email )
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Gerald R. Faulhaber
University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School ( email )
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Robert W. Hahn
University of Oxford, Smith School ( email )
Oxford
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Georgetown University
Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
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United States
Kevin A. Hassett
American Enterprise Institute (AEI) ( email )
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Washington, DC 20036
United States
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Steve Pociask
The American Consumer Institute ( email )
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Washington, DC 20006
United States
Hal J. Singer
Economists Incorporated ( email )
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Washington, DC 20037
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Timothy J. Tardiff
Advanced Analytical Consulting Group ( email )
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Leonard Waverman
Berkeley Research Group ( email )
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Dennis Weisman
Kansas State University - Department of Economics ( email )
Manhattan, KS 66502-4001
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