Life Support for Unaffiliated Isps?

7 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2005

See all articles by Robert W. Crandall

Robert W. Crandall

Brookings Institution; AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies

Hal J. Singer

Econ One


In the last several years, narrowband "dial-up" Internet Service Providers have been decimated by consumer migration to higher-speed broadband services. Narrowband ISPs are now pressuring the Federal Communications Commission and other telecommunications regulators to implement policies that would breathe life back into their businesses. But the consumer welfare justifications that they offer for government intervention are dubious.

Keywords: Internet Service Providers, ISPs, broadband, narrowband, FCC, Federal Communications Commission, telecommunications, telecommunications regulators, telecommunication policy, telecommunication policies

JEL Classification: K2, O32, O33

Suggested Citation

Crandall, Robert and Singer, Hal J., Life Support for Unaffiliated Isps?. Regulation, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 46-52, Fall 2005. Available at SSRN:

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