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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
INTERNET PROSPERS WITH "HANDS-OFF UNREGULATION;"
The FCC Office of Plans and Policy (OPP) today released the latest in its
OPP Working Paper Series, entitled "The FCC and the Unregulation of the
Internet." Authored by Jason Oxman, Counsel for Advanced Communications in
the Office of Plans and Policy, the paper examines the FCC's thirty-year history
of not regulating the data services market, and how that tradition of
"unregulation" was a crucial factor in the successful growth of the Internet. OPP
periodically issues working papers on emerging issues in communications; these
papers represent the individual views of their authors and are not official
statements by the FCC or any FCC commissioner.|
Since opening an inquiry into the interrelationship of the telecommunications network and computer-based services in 1966, the FCC has taken numerous affirmative steps to ensure that the marketplace, not regulation, allowed innovation and experimentation to flourish. As a result, a vast majority of Americans have inexpensive and reliable access to the Internet.
The typical American family gains an incredible amount of value from its $20 per month Internet account, including such services as investing, travel planning, homework research, email communications, and shopping, among others. The Internet Economy generated over $300 billion in revenue in the U.S. last year and is rapidly changing the way America does business. Nearly one third of the nation's households are regular Internet users.
A summary of the working paper is attached. The full text is available on the FCC web site at www.fcc.gov.
Office of Plans and Policy contact: Jason Oxman, 202-418-1078, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 19, 1999