Carl R. Danner
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The urgent need for reform of wholesale telecommunications regulation in California
By G. Mitchell Wilk and Carl R. Danner
The Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 was intended to set a national “pro-competitive deregulatory” policy for the telecommunications industry in the United States in order to “accelerate rapidly private-sector deployment of advanced telecommunications and information technologies and services to all Americans.”1 As industry analyst Stephen Pociask has documented in his book A Failure to Communicate, job loss in the telecommunications sector and the lack of industry investment are indicators that the Act has failed in some important aspects of its mission to increase competition, improve service quality, and roll out high-tech networks (Pociask 2004).