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Economics at the FCC, 2017–2018: Internet Freedom, International Broadband Pricing Comparisons, and a New Office of Economics and Analytics

Authors
  • Ellig, Jerry1
  • LaFontaine, Paul2
  • Leighton, Wayne2
  • Ralph, Eric2
  • Sullivan, Sean2
  • 1 The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, 805 21st Street NW, Media and Public Affairs Building 612, Washington, DC, 20052, USA , Washington (United States)
  • 2 Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, USA , Washington (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Review of Industrial Organization
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Nov 11, 2018
Volume
53
Issue
4
Pages
681–707
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11151-018-9672-6
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) current strategic plan lists four priority goals: closing the digital divide; promoting innovation; protecting consumers and public safety; and reforming the FCC’s processes. Economists at the FCC contribute toward the realization of each of these goals, through analysis of the nature and significance of the underlying problems that regulations are intended to solve, as well as assessments of alternative solutions. Three major FCC initiatives demonstrate the role that economic analysis played in Commission decisions in 2017–2018: the Restoring Internet Freedom Order; the new hedonic pricing model that was used in the International Broadband Data Report; and the order that reorganized Commission economists into the Office of Economics and Analytics.

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