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Digital Tornado: The Internet and Telecommunications Policy

Kevin Werbach.  

OSP Working Paper 29 (Mar 1997) considers a number of questions the Internet poses for traditional communications policy.  Werbach's central theme is that the FCC and other government agencies should seek to limit regulation of Internet services.  In framing his approach, Werbach argues that, because such services are not tied to traditional models or regulatory environments, they hold the potential to dramatically change the communications landscape. The Internet creates new forms of competition, valuable services for end users, and benefits to the economy.  Werbach concludes that government policy approaches toward the Internet should start from two premises:  avoiding unnecessary regulation and questioning the applicability of traditional rules.

Issued: March 1997

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