?This study of state regulation of the telecommunications industry was conducted by a research team composed of 17 graduate students from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Policy and from the Center for Research on Communication, Technology, and Society, both at the University of Texas. The book's thesis is that there exists an important link between telecommunications and economic development that remains to be fully recognized and exploited by various policy-making groups at the individual state level. An advanced communications network is a critical competitive advantage when flexible production processes and segmented markets become paramount strategic concerns. Policy initiatives in nine states (California, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, New York, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington) are considered in some depth. On the basis of their analysis, the authors include a series of policy recommendations for state governments. They also identify a critical need for empirical evaluation regarding the consequences of procompetitive laws that have been put into effect, particularly those fostering open competition in Nebraska and Virginia. Finally they express concern that the bold procompetitive initiatives made by some states are not based on well-grounded analysis but rather on competitive fashion.' To what extent will procompetitive initiatives enhance allocative efficiency and how will the benefits therefrom be distributed? Very useful telecommunications glossary. Upper-division and graduate collections.?-Choice
About the Author
JURGEN SCHMANDT is Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. His numerous previous works on public policy include State Water Policies (Praeger, 1988).
FREDERICK WILLIAMS is Director of the Center for Research on Communication Technology and Society. He is the author of 36 books including Computer-Assisted Writing Instruction in Journalism and Professional Education (Praeger, 1989).
ROBERT H. WILSON is Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. His recent work includes Growth Policy in an Age of High Technology: The Role of Regions and States.