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

7 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2013  

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; NERA Economic Consulting

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,LLC

Dennis Weisman

Kansas State University - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 11, 2013

Abstract

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 “the 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.

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2366417 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2366417

Robert D. Atkinson

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Kevin W. Caves

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Everett Ehrlich

ESC Company ( email )

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American Enterprise Institute ( email )

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Robert W. Hahn

University of Oxford, Smith School ( email )

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Kevin A. Hassett

American Enterprise Institute (AEI) ( email )

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Steve Pociask

The American Consumer Institute ( email )

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Leonard Waverman

Berkeley Research Group,LLC ( email )

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Dennis Weisman

Kansas State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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