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Economics at the FCC 2019-2020: Spectrum Policy, Universal Service, Inmate Calling Services, and Telehealth.

Authors
  • Baker, Allison1
  • Brogan, Patrick1
  • Carare, Octavian1
  • Copeland, Nicholas1
  • DeGraba, Patrick1
  • Kauffman, Steven1
  • Lafontaine, Paul1
  • Matraves, Catherine1
  • Prince, Jeffrey2, 1
  • Sullivan, Sean1
  • Sun, Patrick1
  • Talaga, Emily1
  • 1 Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th St SW, Washington, DC 20554 USA.
  • 2 Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN USA. , (India)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Review of industrial organization
Publication Date
Oct 23, 2020
Pages
1–32
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11151-020-09791-x
PMID: 33110292
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is responsible for regulation in the communications marketplace and for management of the nation's non-federal radio frequency spectrum. During the past year, FCC economists helped develop efficient mechanisms for making available more flexible-use spectrum for the deployment of advanced broadband technologies; developed two new universal service funding mechanisms that aim to close the digital broadband divide; and, through careful analysis of firm cost data, contributed to a renewed effort by the Commission to develop price caps for interstate calls on prison inmate calling services. FCC economists also contributed to the Commission's extensive response to COVID-19. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2020.

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