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The New Investment Theory of Real Options and its Implication for Telecommunications Economics

  • James Alleman
  • Eli Noam

Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy book series (TREP, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Real Options: An Overview

  3. Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Richard Emmerson
      Pages 87-94
    3. Timothy J. Tardiff
      Pages 119-122
  4. Implications of Neglecting Real Options

  5. Real Options: Evaluations

  6. Summary/Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Eli M. Noam
      Pages 255-259
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 262-280

About this book

Introduction

Randall B, Lowe Piper & Marbury, L.L.R The issue of costing and pricing in the telecommunications industry has been hotly debated for the last twenty years. Indeed, we are still wrestling today over the cost of the local exchange for access by interexchange and competitive local ex­ change carriers, as well as for universal service funding. The U.S. telecommunications world was a simple one before the emergence of competition, comprising only AT&T and independent local exchange carriers. Costs were allocated between intrastate and interstate jurisdictions and then again, between intrastate local and toll. The Bell System then divided those costs among itself (using a process referred to as the division of revenues) and independents (using a process called settlements). Tolls subsidized local calls to keep the politi­ cians happy, and the firm, as a whole, covered its costs and made a fair return. State regulators, however, lacked the wherewithal to audit this process. Their con­ cerns centered generally on whether local rates, irrespective of costs, were at a po­ litically acceptable level. Although federal regulators were better able to determine the reasonableness of the process and the resulting costs, they adopted an approach of "continuous surveillance" where, like the state regulator, the appearance of rea­ sonableness was what mattered. With the advent of competition, this historical costing predicate had to change. The Bell System, as well as the independents, were suddenly held accountable.

Keywords

Deregulation Investment Monopol competition economics evaluation management networks pricing regulation

Editors and affiliations

  • James Alleman
    • 1
  • Eli Noam
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Colorado at Boulder and PHB Hagler BaillyUSA
  2. 2.Columbia UniversityUSA

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