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The Failure of Antitrust and Regulation to Establish Competition in Long-Distance Telephone Services

MacAvoy, Paul W.

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ISBN 10: 0262133326 / ISBN 13: 9780262133326
Published by MIT/AEI, 1996
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Title: The Failure of Antitrust and Regulation to ...

Publisher: MIT/AEI

Publication Date: 1996

Book Condition: Very Good

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This text argues that governmental antitrust actions and regulatory activities have failed to bring true competition to long-distance telephone services in the USA, to the detriment of consumers seeking prices in line with the costs of providing those services. Although other long-distance telephone companies have emerged since the 1984 antitrust decree forced the monopoly AT&T to divide into smaller independent companies, the author shows how the three major long-distance telephone companies - AT&T, MCI and Sprint - have used the regulatory system to tacitly collude in setting prices and to bar entry into the market of potentially competitive alternative sources of services. The consequence, he claims, is an excessive cost to long-distance telephone customers conservatively estimated in the tens of millions of dollars.

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Paul MacAvoy is the Williams Brothers Professor of Management Studies at the Yale School of Management.

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