Dr. William Lehr: Communications Policy Regulatory Reform for a Post-PSTN World

We are currently in the midst of a global transformation to a Digital Economy, yet National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the U.S. and similar agencies in other countries are still operating under legacy telecommunications policies set in place to manage the Public Switched Telecommunications Network (PSTN). There is general agreement that new frameworks are needed to manage communications policy in the era of IPbased broadband access platforms and the Internet.

In a series of papers over recent years, Dr. Lehr has worked with colleagues to highlight the challenges confronting regulatory reform efforts and worked toward proposals for what a appropriate communications policy for the new Digital Economy might look like. This is very much a work in progress. Dr. Lehr will review his research progress in this effort, drawing from his work on the following papers.

Dr. William Lehr: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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