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Quality and Reliability of Telecommunications Infrastructure - William Lehr

Quality and Reliability of Telecommunications Infrastructure

By: William Lehr (Editor)

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Published: 12th August 1995
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In the last decade, the technology, regulation, and industry structure of our information infrastructure (telephone services, cable and broadcast television, and myriad new data and information services) have changed dramatically. Since the break-up of AT&T's Bell System monopoly, telephone services in the United States are no longer purchased from a single firm. Advances in fiber optics, wireless communications and software-controlled switching are changing how communication services are provided. As the global economy grows more dependent on a hybrid mix of interconnected networks, public officials in the US and abroad are relinquishing control of the market. All of these changes are affecting the quality and reliability of the telecommunications infrastructure, but informed discussions of the public policy and economic issues are scarce. Deregulation and increased competition have lowered prices, but have service quality and reliability suffered? Do advanced network technologies which make it possible to offer a dizzying array of new services increase vulnerability to system-wide failures? Who should or is likely to bear the costs of increased -- or decreased -- service quality?
This volume tackles the economic and public policy issues raised by these difficult questions for an audience of industry executives, scholars, and policymakers. Leading scholars and analysts examine such issues as the effects of network ownership on incentives to invest in quality improvements and/or strategies for quality-differentiated pricing in tomorrow's broadband, integrated networks. They analyze the quality of current telecommunications networks and the impact of re-regulation on cable television quality. The contributions range from new microeconomic theory to new empirical research.
As such, the volume makes a valuable contribution to the public debate on network quality and reliability. It will be useful both as an introduction to newcomers and as a resource for more experienced researchers. As regulatory, industry and national barriers to integrated communications fall, these issues are likely to become even more important. The research presented here provides a solid foundation for further discussion.

Introductionp. 1
Endnotesp. 12
Economic Theory of Network Qualityp. 15
Introductionp. 17
The Quality of Complex Systems and Industry Structurep. 17
Concluding Remarksp. 38
Endnotesp. 38
Referencesp. 41
The Political Economy of Entry Into Local Exchange Marketsp. 43
Introductionp. 43
Conclusionp. 58
Endnotesp. 59
Acknowledgmentsp. 59
Referencesp. 61
Introduction and Overviewp. 63
Dynamic Effects of Regulation on Exchange Carrier Incentivesp. 63
Acknowledgmentsp. 81
Summaryp. 81
Introductionp. 83
Issues in the Pricing of Broadband Telecommunications Servicesp. 83
Concluding Commentsp. 99
Endnotesp. 101
Regulatory Practicep. 105
Introductionp. 107
A New Index of Telephone Service Quality: Academic and Regulatory Reviewp. 107
Concluding Observationsp. 128
Acknowledgmentsp. 130
Appendixp. 130
Referencesp. 133
Network Utilization Principles and Pricing Strategies for Network Reliabilityp. 135
Introductionp. 135
Conclusionp. 150
Endnotesp. 151
Acknowledgmentsp. 151
Referencesp. 154
Rate Regulation and the Quality of Cable Televisionp. 155
Introductionp. 155
Acknowledgmentsp. 176
Endnotesp. 176
Referencesp. 181
Empirical Trends and Evidencep. 185
Quality-Of-Service Measurement and the Federal Communications Commissionp. 187
Introduction and Overviewp. 187
Conclusionsp. 197
Raw Data Received by the Commissionp. 198
Data Components Included in the FCC Reportp. 200
Data Summarized in the FCC Reportp. 202
Introductionp. 213
The Impact of Local Competition on Network Qualityp. 213
Summaryp. 222
Endnotesp. 223
Gigabits, Gateways, and Gatekeepers: Reliability, Technology, and Policyp. 225
Introductionp. 225
Acknowledgmentsp. 236
Endnotesp. 236
About the Authorsp. 239
Author Indexp. 243
Subject Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780805816105
ISBN-10: 0805816100
Series: Lea Telecommunications
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 12th August 1995
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 15.14  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.63