Is the Telecommunications Act of 1996 Broken? A Panel Discussion with Robert E. Hall, Paul W. Macavoy, and Robert D. Willig
IS THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996 BROKEN? IF SO, HOW CAN WE FIX IT?, J. Gregory Sidak ed., The AEI Press, 1999
15 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2007
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was the first major overhaul of communications policy in the United States in over sixty years. By mid-1997, however, it had become clear that considerable disagreement existed over whether the new legislation was accomplishing its purposes. On August 14, 1997, Reed E. Hundt, then chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, delivered a speech at AEI in which he proposed several detailed amendments to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Three distinguished economistsRobert E. Hall of Stanford University, Paul W. MacAvoy of Yale University, and Robert D. Willig of Princeton Universitycommented on Chairman Hundt's speech and gave their own opinion on whether the local and long-distance provisions of the 1996 act were hopelessly gridlocked.
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