Democracy & Technology Blog Ten Principles of Telecom Reform

Ten-Principles-of-Telecom-R.jpgChicago-based Heartland Institute has published a booklet by myself and George Gilder entitled Ten Principles of Telecom Reform.
In the booklet we explain why it would be a good idea for legislators to:

  • Repeal discriminatory taxes and fees on telecom services
  • Oppose “network neutrality” regulations
  • Reduce intrastate access charges on telephone calls
  • End requirements that telcos file tariffs
  • Give providers greater freedom to set prices
  • Exempt competitive services from utility commission jurisdiction
  • End or reform carrier-of-last-resort and build-out obligations
  • Minimize government’s role in broadband
  • Give a single agency responsibility for consumer protection

Hance Haney

Director and Senior Fellow of the Technology & Democracy Project
Hance Haney served as Director and Senior Fellow of the Technology & Democracy Project at the Discovery Institute, in Washington, D.C. Haney spent ten years as an aide to former Senator Bob Packwood (OR), and advised him in his capacity as chairman of the Senate Communications Subcommittee during the deliberations leading to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He subsequently held various positions with the United States Telecom Association and Qwest Communications. He earned a B.A. in history from Willamette University and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.