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Assessing Competition in U.S. Wireless Markets: Review of the FCC’s Competition Reports

Competition for wireless services is not a distant hypothetical concept for most Americans. More than 90% of all Americans use wireless phones; some of us have more than one wireless device. On television, on radio, in newspapers, and on the Internet, we are greeted with advertisements for wireless communications services. Many consumers upgrade their services every year or two to take advantage of better phones, new services, and lower prices.

Competition in the wireless industry is also examined by the Federal Communications Commission. Each year, the FCC prepares a report on competition in the wireless industry.

Hudson Institute’s Center for Economics of the Internet was pleased to present a seminar on competition in the wireless industry which discussed the actual state of competition, how it is measured, and the consequences of measuring it badly.

Further Reading

Gerald R. Faulhaber, Robert W. Hahn, and Hal J. Singer, Assessing Competition in U.S. Wireless Markets (2011)

Panel

Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Moderator

Hudson Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Economics of the Internet

Gerald Faulhaber, Panelist

Professor, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Robert Hahn, Panelist

Professor, Smith School, Oxford University

Experts

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