2006 PURC Telecom Policy Roudntable: Apples-Apples or Apples-Oranges? Asymmetric Policies in Telecommunications

October 30, 2006


On Monday, October 30, 2006, the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) sponsored a meeting in Tallahassee for the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC), legislators and legislative staff, other government officials, consultants, academicians, and the telecommunications industry to discuss the applications of different rules to service providers that offer, from the customer’s perspective, substitutable services. This meeting used the Aspen Institute model of group discussions interspersed with formal presentations to set the context for those discussions.
The meeting featured five presenters whose remarks informed the facilitated discussions of four break-out groups that met in the morning and afternoon. Each discussion group was asked to: identify what regulatory asymmetries exist and what their implications are; discuss what priorities exist for changing those asymmetries and why and for whom they are priorities; discuss the roles of governmental entities, the industry, academia and consumers in addressing those asymmetries; and identify potential conflicts for parties addressing them. The collective observations of each group were shared during the final session of the meeting.


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