inertia in administratively determined prices

Because communication networks were being used in ways that undermined the rate structure established to recover interstate public telephone service costs, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created a special access surcharge.  This charge applied to interstate private lines that could connect with local public telephone service (“leaky PBX“).  Such facilities allowed persons to make … Continue reading inertia in administratively determined prices

the real X-factor in price-cap regulation

Price-cap regulation often involves extensive discussion of price-cap index formulas.  These formulas usually account for economy-wide price inflation, or, in a more complex scheme, price trends for the regulated-company’s inputs.  Price-cap index formulas typically also account for productivity growth.  Technical issues associated with measuring and interpreting input prices and productivity growth provide fertile ground for … Continue reading the real X-factor in price-cap regulation

BellSouth communication services volumes, rates, and revenues, 1992-2009

A dataset of units sold, rates, and revenues from 1992 to 2009 for BellSouth’s interstate communication services is now available.  BellSouth, now part of the new AT&T, developed as a regional Bell (Telephone) Operating Company (RBOC) serving customers in nine states in the U.S. Southeast.  This dataset has been compiled from price-cap tariff data publicly … Continue reading BellSouth communication services volumes, rates, and revenues, 1992-2009

mountains of telecom data for crowd fun

Huge archives of files containing U.S. local-exchange telephone companies’ service volumes, rates, and revenue from 1992 to 2009 are now available for collaborative reformatting, organizing, and analyzing.  U.S. local-exchange telephone companies that the Federal Communications Commission regulates via price caps publicly file annual tariff review data.  These data include service volume (demand) and rates for … Continue reading mountains of telecom data for crowd fun

economic outlines of FCC price-cap regulation

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has since 1991 used price caps to regulate jurisdictionally interstate rates of large, incumbent telephone local-exchange companies (ILECs).    Since 1994, the amount of revenue subject to this price-cap regulation has fallen an estimated 19%.   Reductions in per-minute rates associated with originating and terminating interstate traffic have decreased … Continue reading economic outlines of FCC price-cap regulation

price-cap revenue for a U.S. local telephone company

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has used price caps to regulate large U.S. local telephone companies’ rates for jurisdictionally interstate services.  Data filed publicly at the FCC provides yearly revenue totals for service categories defined under price caps.  Such data for the historic Bell Atlantic service area for filing years from 1990 to 2009 … Continue reading price-cap revenue for a U.S. local telephone company

telecom service innovation

On June 14, 2007, Verizon unveiled a National Discount Plan (NDP) for its DS1 and DS3 special access customers.  In a press release announcing the new offering, a Verizon Vice President declared: In addition to serving our wholesale customers over one of the most advanced, reliable networks in the country, we’re offering a new discount … Continue reading telecom service innovation