Social Learning and the History of Us Telecommunications Policy, 1900-1996 (Studies in Political Science 13)

Social Learning and the History of Us Telecommunications Policy, 1900-1996 (Studies in Political Science 13)

By: Michael Zarkin (author)Hardback

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With the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, congress opened the door for an industry, once heavily regulated, to take bold steps in the direction of competition. Through an examination of nine major Federal Communications Commission rulemakings, more than 15 years of legislative activity in Congress, and several other policy decisions undertaken during the 20th century, this study argues that the Telecommunications Act was part of a process of social learning in which federal regulators entered an enduring mindset of competition beginning in the late 1970s. Scholars interested in telecommunications issues and developmental theories of policy change should find this book engaging.


Social learning and policymaking; the early development of telecommunications policy - regulation, FCC, microwave controversy, FCC's first computer inquiry, telephone-cable TV cross-ownership; policy disjunction and epistemology confusion - move toward deregulation, policy change, Execunet case, competition, US v AT competition and technological integration at the FCC, 1984-1992 - access charge decision, price caps, telephone-cable competition; Congress and telecommunications policy change, 1986-1996 - committees, leadership, policy, RBOCs, global competitiveness, Burns Bill, legislative proposals, passing the Telecommunications Act; what have I learned? - implications for future research; appendices.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773466609
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 236
  • ID: 9780773466609
  • ISBN10: 0773466606

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