Internet Telephones: Hanging Up on Regulation?

8 Pages Posted: 24 May 2005

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Robert W. Hahn

University of Oxford, Smith School; Georgetown University

Robert W. Crandall

Brookings Institution; AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies

Robert E. Litan

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) - Council on Foreign Relations- Washington D.C.

Scott Wallsten

Technology Policy Institute

Abstract

The Federal Communications Commission has requested comments on the regulation of voice telephone services delivered over the Internet, dubbed "VoIP" or Voice over Internet Protocol. This paper examines whether there is a need to regulate VoIP. We conclude that there is no economic rationale for regulating VoIP and that consumers will likely be worse off if VoIP is regulated. Furthermore, the emergence of new technologies, such as VoIP, is rapidly eroding the rationale for continuing to regulate local telephone services.

Keywords: Voice over Internet Protocol, VoIP, FCC

JEL Classification: H00

Suggested Citation

Hahn, Robert W. and Crandall, Robert and Litan, Robert E. and Wallsten, Scott, Internet Telephones: Hanging Up on Regulation?. Milken Institute Review, Third Quarter, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=728503

Robert W. Hahn (Contact Author)

University of Oxford, Smith School ( email )

Oxford
United Kingdom

Georgetown University

Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
Washington, DC 20057
United States

Robert Crandall

Brookings Institution ( email )

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AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies

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Robert E. Litan

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) - Council on Foreign Relations- Washington D.C. ( email )

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United States

Scott Wallsten

Technology Policy Institute ( email )

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United States
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