Wireless Carterfone

International Journal of Communication, Vol. 1, p. 389, 2007

Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 07-154

39 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2007

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Tim Wu

Columbia University - Law School


Over the next decade, regulators will spend increasing time on the conflicts between the private interests of the wireless industry and the public's interest in the best uses of its spectrum. This report examines the practices of the wireless industry with an eye toward understanding their influence on innovation and consumer welfare.

This report finds a mixed picture. The wireless industry, over the last decade, has succeeded in bringing wireless telephony at competitive prices to the American public. Yet at the same time we also find the wireless carriers aggressively controlling product design and innovation in the equipment and application markets, to the detriment of consumers. Their policies, in the wired world, would be considered outrageous, in some cases illegal, and in some cases simply misguided.

Keywords: network neutrality, telecommunications, wireless, mobile, carterfone

Suggested Citation

Wu, Tim, Wireless Carterfone. International Journal of Communication, Vol. 1, p. 389, 2007, Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 07-154, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=962027

Tim Wu (Contact Author)

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