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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

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

Rob Frieden

Fordham University Press

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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