Modelling the Impacts of Deregulation and Competitive Entry on Telecommunication Networks: Part 1. Local Telephone Service

K.H. Tiedemann (Canada)


Telecommunications, fixed line, wireless, modelling andsimulation, regression models.


Through the 1980s and the early 1990s, the U. S. telecommunications industry experienced rapid technological change, which failed to deliver expected cost reductions to users. In 1996, Congress passed the Telecommunications Act 1996 (Act), which substantially deregulated the telecommunications industry with the intent of increased competition. This paper examines the impact of the Act on telecommunications networks. Key findings are that the Act reduced local telephone rates, increased the number of fixed line telephone connections, increased entry, and improved labour productivity in the telecommunications sector.

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