May to Speak on Restructuring and Competition
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tomorrow’s national symposium, “The State of Telecom: Realities, Regulation and Restructuring,” will feature comments by Progress & Freedom Foundation Senior Fellow and Director of Communications Policy Studies Randolph J. May. He will appear on a panel, “Ways Forward: Reconciling Industry Restructuring and Competition,” that begins at 1:40 p.m. Sponsored by the Quello Center for Telecommunications Management and Law at Michigan State University, the conference is being held at Washington’s Willard Inter-Continental Hotel.
Appearing with May on the panel will be Howard A. Shelanski, professor of law at Boalt School of Law at Berkeley and Bruce M. Owen, professor of law, economics and public policy at Stanford University. W. Russell Neuman of the Office of Science and Technology Policy will moderate.
Among the items under discussion will be May’s recent FCC “scorecard” paper, which was written prior to last week’s major FCC decisions as a means of measuring how deregulatory the UNE Triennial Review, Cable High-Speed Access and Wireline Broadband decisions would be. May’s paper offered six benchmarks for assessing the agency’s action: (1) Sharing should not be required for new fiber or other non-copper networks; (2) Regardless of technology, facilities used to provide broadband services should be deregulated; (3) Switching should be removed promptly from the sharing regime; (4) Inter-office facilities should be removed from the sharing requirement; (5) A presumptive sunset should be established for removing copper loops from sharing; and (6) The FCC should preempt states from imposing excessive sharing.
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