• A Curious Tale of Economics and Common Carriage (Net Neutrality) at the FCC: A Reply to Faulhaber, Singer, and Urschel

    Author(s):
    Jefferson Pooley (see profile) , Dwayne Winseck
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Digital Books, Linked Open Data
    Subject(s):
    Media studies, Scholarly communication, Sociology of knowledge, Sociology of science, Sociology of scientific knowledge
    Item Type:
    Abstract
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6HZ0F
    Abstract:
    This reply to "The Curious Absence of Economic Analysis at the Federal Communications Commission" (Faulhaber, Singer, & Urschel, 2017) makes three claims. First, we document the paper's undisclosed origins as a white paper commissioned by an advocacy group with deep ties to the telecommunications industry. Second, we describe two of the authors' active participation, on behalf of clients, in a range of contested issues before the FCC in recent years, none of which they disclose. Finally, our review of FCC workshops, roundtables, seminars, dockets and rulings—including during its landmark 2015 Open Internet Order and several blockbuster mergers and acquisitions—provides detailed evidence to refute the paper's core "curious absence" charge. The stakes could not be higher, we conclude, as the new FCC chair Ajit Pai has repeatedly referenced the paper to justify his rollback of FCC regulations—including, crucially, the common carriage/net neutrality rules so vigorously opposed by the paper's funders.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Journal:
    International Journal of Communication
    Volume:
    11r
    Start Page:
    2702
    End Page:
    2733
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 months ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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