While many telecommunication books focus on national issues and the FCC, few address the state's role in regulating the telecommunication industry. Telecommunication policy has often been an insider's game -- conducted by regulators and the industry. As such, competition undermines the traditional regime of regulated monopolies while new technologies reshape the industry and provide more choices for consumers.
This book provides essential information about state telecommunications issues to Governors' policy advisors. It also serves a valuable public function beyond its intended audience as a popular introduction to telecommunications policy in these turbulent times.
"The telecommunications issue will continue to be in the forefront of government policy discussions, and TELEWARS in the States will help us all to better understand the complexity of these issues. Bonnett's book will help serve Governors' policy advisors for years to come."
—Governor Roy Romer
State of Colorado
"Society is being swept along in a telecommunications tidal wave, and state leaders face a significant challenge. We must develop public policy to match the onslaught of advanced technology. What is at stake? Our long-term economic competitiveness. If state leaders don't quickly step up to the challenge, the federal government will surely preempt our efforts. Where to start? This publication, offers an excellent beginning."
—Governor Michael O. Leavitt
State of Utah
"…a great little book. Well written, it makes complex issues interesting to the nonexpert. This book will serve as a primary resource on state telecommunications issues for my staff and other Governors' policy advisors for quite some time."
Director, Ohio Office of Budget and Management
"…a thoughtful, annotated road map of state regulatory issues in our digital future. It is an excellent sourcebook for state regulators, experts, and the interested public to find their way in a jungle of telecommunications competition and (de) regulation."
Director of the Communication and Society Program of the Aspen Institute
"In light of the new telecom law, the explosive changes in the information industries, and the importance of both to the nation's future, this book is most timely. It is a clear, lucid, and lively examination of the large issues facing state policymakers in the coming critical years."
Communications Fellow, The Markle Foundation; former General Counsel of the FCC
"…a comprehensive analysis of the critical issues facing state policymakers in the wake of the first new federal legislation in sixty years. Bonnett has provided an astute guide to the problems as well as the opportunities that state policymakers face as they help shape this crucial industry's development into the 21st Century."
Associate professor, SUNY at Stony Brook; author of After Divestiture: The Po
Contents: Preface. Convergence and Competition in Telecommunications. The Importance of State Telecommunications Issues. A Short History of Telephony. Twelve Years of Policy Innovation in State Telecommunications Regulation. The Telecommunications Act of 1996-Major State Issues. Anticipating the Future. Appendices: Summary of Major Themes. NARUC's Summary of State Responsibilities Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Glossary of Basic Telecommunications Terms.