17 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2008
Date Written: October 14, 2008
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.
Keywords: Regulation, Science, Technology, Public Policy
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Scherer, Frederic M., The Historical Foundations of Communications Regulation (October 14, 2008). HKS Working Paper No. RWP08-050. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1296112 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1296112