What's Yours is Mine: Open Access and the Rise of Infrastructure Socialism

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n What's Yours Is Mine: Open Access and the Rise of Infrastructure Socialism, authors Adam Thierer and Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. examine the hazards of mandatory open access -- a new trend in which hyper-regulatory bureaucrats and central planners are increasingly commanding technology companies and industry sectors to share networks, facilities, or specific technologies with rivals.

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Page 115 - Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, CC Docket No.
Page 24 - One of the most unfortunate phrases ever introduced into law or economics was the phrase 'natural monopoly.' Every monopoly is a product of public policy. No present monopoly, public or private, can be traced back through history in a pure form. . . . '[N]atural monopolies...
Page 30 - ... is exceedingly difficult to reverse. In consequence, I am inclined to urge that the least of the evils is private unregulated monopoly wherever this is tolerable. Dynamic changes are highly likely to undermine it and there is at least some chance that these will be allowed to have their effect. And even in the short run, there is generally a wider range of substitutes than there seems to be at first blush, so private enterprises are fairly narrowly limited in the extent to which it is profitable...
Page 21 - No public utility shall henceforth begin the construction of a new facility, plant or system, or of any extension of its facility, plant or system, without first having obtained from the commission a certificate that the present or future public convenience and necessity require or will require such construction...
Page 31 - A central thesis of this paper is that, as a rule, regulation is acquired by the industry and is designed and operated primarily for its benefit.
Page 120 - Deployment of Wireline Services Offering Advanced Telecommunications Capability, CC Docket No.
Page 116 - Annual Report and Analysis of Competitive Market Conditions With Respect to Commercial Mobile Services, Ninth Report, FCC 04-216, at para.
Page 11 - ... a permanent physical occupation authorized by government is a taking without regard to the public interests that it may serve.

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Adam Thierer is the director of telecommunications studies at the Cato Institute.

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