IPcentral Weblog
  The DACA Blog

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

The Swamp Fox in Charleston
(previous | next)

Well, I just returned from Charleston, South Carolina, where I spoke on a panel on telecommunications competition at a conference entitled "Reconciling Markets and Regulation" sponsored by Michigan State University's Institute of Public Utilities. The conference was held at the venerable (read: old and a bit musty, but still pretty nice) Francis Marion Hotel. As most of you regulatory animals know, Francis Marion was known as "The Swamp Fox." Marion earned this endearing sobriquet the hard way. During the Revolutionary War, he led forays against British patrols and outposts in and around Charleston and then vanished ghost-like into the swamps.

In Charleston, I fancied myself like the famous Swamp Fox, making a lightning quick strike into beautiful Charleston to speak to a generally (but not exclusively) pro-regulatory crowd, including many state regulators, and then vanishing, ghost-like, back into the swamps of Washington.

I previewed a report to be released very shortly (watch this website) with the sexy title: Trends in the Competitiveness of Telecommunications Markets: Implications for Deregulation of Retail Local Services. The bottom line of the report: The local telecom market is sufficiently contestable that retail rates should be deregulated.

There was a lot of useful discussion and good fellowship at the conference, and congratulations are due to Dr. Janice Beecher and her staff for putting together the event. As far as I could determine, however, much of the debate was about whether price-cap incentive regulation is an improvement over rate-of-return regulation, whether there are ways incentive regulation might be improved further, and whether new dispute resolution techniques should be used by regulators. Despite the rapid emergence of new competitive threats to incumbent carriers, I didn't hear anyone else other than myself utter the word "deregulation"--at least at those sessions I attended.

So, the Swamp Fox is safely back in Washington after unleashing his deregulatory volleys into the midst of the red coated-regulatory-minded conference goers. And don't forget to check back tomorrow to get your own copy of the very foxy (as in sexy cover) but unswamp-like "Trends in the Competitiveness of Telecommunications Markets" study!

posted by Randolph May @ 1:05 PM | General

Share |

Link to this Entry | Printer-Friendly

Post a Comment:

Blog Main
RSS Feed  
Recent Posts
  EFF-PFF Amicus Brief in Schwarzenegger v. EMA Supreme Court Videogame Violence Case
New OECD Study Finds That Improved IPR Protections Benefit Developing Countries
Hubris, Cowardice, File-sharing, and TechDirt
iPhones, DRM, and Doom-Mongers
"Rogue Archivist" Carl Malamud On How to Fix Gov2.0
Coping with Information Overload: Thoughts on Hamlet's BlackBerry by William Powers
How Many Times Has Michael "Dr. Doom" Copps Forecast an Internet Apocalypse?
Google / Verizon Proposal May Be Important Compromise, But Regulatory Trajectory Concerns Many
Two Schools of Internet Pessimism
GAO: Wireless Prices Plummeting; Public Knowledge: We Must Regulate!
Archives by Month
  September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
  - (see all)
Archives by Topic
  - A La Carte
- Add category
- Advertising & Marketing
- Antitrust & Competition Policy
- Appleplectics
- Books & Book Reviews
- Broadband
- Cable
- Campaign Finance Law
- Capitalism
- Capitol Hill
- China
- Commons
- Communications
- Copyright
- Cutting the Video Cord
- Cyber-Security
- Digital Americas
- Digital Europe
- Digital Europe 2006
- Digital TV
- E-commerce
- e-Government & Transparency
- Economics
- Education
- Electricity
- Energy
- Events
- Exaflood
- Free Speech
- Gambling
- General
- Generic Rant
- Global Innovation
- Googlephobia
- Googlephobia
- Human Capital
- Innovation
- Intermediary Deputization & Section 230
- Internet
- Internet Governance
- Internet TV
- Interoperability
- IP
- Local Franchising
- Mass Media
- Media Regulation
- Monetary Policy
- Municipal Ownership
- Net Neutrality
- Neutrality
- Non-PFF Podcasts
- Ongoing Series
- Online Safety & Parental Controls
- Open Source
- PFF Podcasts
- Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism
- Privacy
- Privacy Solutions
- Regulation
- Search
- Security
- Software
- Space
- Spectrum
- Sports
- State Policy
- Supreme Court
- Taxes
- The FCC
- The FTC
- The News Frontier
- Think Tanks
- Trade
- Trademark
- Universal Service
- Video Games & Virtual Worlds
- VoIP
- What We're Reading
- Wireless
- Wireline
Archives by Author
PFF Blogosphere Archives
We welcome comments by email - look for a link to the author's email address in the byline of each post. Please let us know if we may publish your remarks.

The Progress & Freedom Foundation