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Economists' Statement on U.S. Broadband Policy


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  • Bailey, Elizabeth E.
  • Baily, Martin Neil
  • Baumol, William J.
  • Cramton, Peter
  • Faulhaber, Gerald R.
  • Flamm, Kenneth
  • Gilbert, Richard
  • Goolsbee, Austan
  • Greenstein, Shane
  • Hahn, Robert W.
  • Hall, Robert E.
  • Hazlett, Thomas W.
  • Kahn, Alfred E.
  • Litan, Robert E.
  • Mayo, John
  • Milgrom, Paul


In this statement, a group of economists assembled by the AEI-Brookings Joint Center makes the following two recommendations to improve the competitive provision of broadband services. First, Congress should eliminate local franchising regulations, which serve as a barrier to new entry. Second, Congress and the Federal Communications Commission should make more spectrum available to private parties and allow them to use it as they see fit or trade their licenses in the market, so that spectrum will go to its highest-valued uses.

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Paper provided by Regulation2point0 in its series Working paper with number 327.

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Date of creation: Mar 2006
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Handle: RePEc:reg:wpaper:327

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