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Coase's First Question

Lawrence Lessig

Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics; Harvard Law School

Regulation, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 38-41, Fall 2004

Bruce Owen's recent Regulation article "Assigning Broadband Rights" (Summer 2004) considers two resources: "the right to control access to a local broadband system" and "the right to determine the technical standards that describe which transmissions will or will not be processed for local distribution." With each "right," he immediately moves to consider who, between the owner of physical assets and users of the network, should have the right he has identified. But should the resources that he has identified be subject to a property regime at all?

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: Coase theorem, property rights, telecommunications, innovation, exclusive right, commons

JEL Classification: K11, K2, L96

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Date posted: October 24, 2004  

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Lessig, Lawrence, Coase's First Question. Regulation, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 38-41, Fall 2004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=604062

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