Costs and Consequences
George Mason University - Mercatus Center
Regulation, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 40-44, Fall 2005
The Federal Communications Commission spent approximately $1.2 billion on telecommunications and broadband regulation in fiscal 2004. Yet the actual cost is more than 60 times that amount. In a Mercatus Center working paper released earlier this year, I assembled estimates from scholarly literature suggesting that federal telecommunications and broadband regulation generates $75 billion in wealth transfers annually, reduces consumer welfare by $25 billion annually, and reduces social welfare by $41 billion annually.
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Keywords: Federal Communications Commission, FCC, telecommunications, broadband, broadband regulation, federal telecommunications regulation, telecom
JEL Classification: K2, O3, O33
Date posted: October 13, 2005