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Beyond Broadband AccessDeveloping Data-Based Information Policy Strategies$
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Richard D. Taylor and Amit M. Schejter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251834

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251834.001.0001

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Case Studies in Results-Driven Decision Making at the FCC

Case Studies in Results-Driven Decision Making at the FCC

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(p.143) Chapter 9 Case Studies in Results-Driven Decision Making at the FCC
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Beyond Broadband Access
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Rob Frieden

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251834.003.0009

This chapter highlights several instances in which the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could have used empirical research and peer review to achieve an accurate measure of whether a telecommunications market operates competitively. It argues that sensitivity to politics, deregulatory zeal, and wishful thinking motivated the FCC to refrain from engaging in results-driven decision-making despite its legal obligation to serve the public interest and generate a complete evidentiary record. For example, the FCC has used statistics to support the conclusion that ample facilities-based competition exists in broadcast, broadband, and wireless markets that it can further reduce limitations on the market penetration of a single owner, approve multibillion dollar, market-concentrating mergers, and claim that the United States continues to benefit from best-in-class access to telecommunications services.

Keywords:   empirical research, Federal Communications Commission, peer review, telecommunications, politics, decision-making, statistics, competition, broadcast, broadband

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