7 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2013
Date Written: December 11, 2013
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.
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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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2366417 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2366417