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Stephen Olson at Chinese Development Institute Conference

 

 Clyde Prestowitz giving presentation to CDI...

 

Steve Olson teaching trade negotiations at the Mekong Institute...

 

Stephen Olson to speak at upcoming workshop organized by the International Institute for Trade and Development on 

"Economics of GMS Agricultural trade in goods and services towards the world market"

Chiangmai, Thailand Sep 8-12.

Telecommunications


The telecommunications industry plays two crucial and important roles in our economy. On the one hand, as the 'central nervous system' of the economy, it facilitates the diffusion of knowledge and information throughout the world. The speed and quality of our communications networks are one of the primary determinants of productivity growth. Fast, reliable networks greatly enhance our ability to make and deliver products and services - and open up entirely new markets and opportunities.

On the other hand, our telecommunications industry has often spawned new and transformative technologies itself - like the transistor or the semiconductor. Indeed, the communications infrastructure is a crucial part of our entire "innovation ecosystem," making American companies and the entire U.S. economy more competitive, dynamic, and productive.

Crossed Wires

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This study examines the changes taking place in the telecommunications services industry both here and abroad, the opportunities emerging from these changes, and the factors affecting the ability of U.S. carriers to take advantage of these opportunities. We conclude that current domestic, foreign, and international regulations restrict the ability of U.S. firms to seize these opportunities and, consequently, limit the ability of the telecommunications industry to generate high-wage, American jobs.

This study proposes changes in domestic regulations to spur competition throughout the telecommunications services industry and thereby lower prices, stimulate innovation, and improve the international competitiveness of all U.S. firms. The study also recommends a proactive, international negotiating position to increase the opportunities available to U.S. telecommunications services firms in foreign nations. Finally, the study advocates abandoning the current international service operating agreement in favor of a cost-based, non-discriminatory agreement.

 

Freeing the Tiger: How Open Competition Will Benefit Both Industry and Consumers

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Remarks by Timothy Price, President and Chief Operating Officer, MCI Communications, to the Economic Strategy Institute, July 15, 1997.

 

Regulation, Investment and Innovation

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Presentation by Larry Darby on Telecommunications Reform to the Economic Strategy Institute, July 21, 1997.

 

Broadband - Opportunities and Challenges for the Telecoms Industry

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This program is another in a series of events and studies that ESI has conducted focusing on the question of broadband deployment, broadband opportunities and broadband challenges. Last October, we held the ESI Global Forum 2001 Technology Summit. The Summit convened many top executives from the world's leading information technology and telecommunications companies along with key government officials, academic experts, and regulators. The participants identified broadband deployment as a leading source for regenerating U.S. and global economic growth, and they urged the development of a national broadband policy in the United States in order to achieve that goal.

One of the reasons we have spent so much time focusing on this is because we believe that broadband has revolutionary implications not only in terms of economic effects - growth and productivity gains - but also in terms of creativity and lifestyle impacts. It is one of those technologies that provide a lot of bang for not a lot of investment - a wealth of potential, if you will, both economically and socially. Therefore, we are very anxious to focus on policies and initiatives that can facilitate and accelerate broadband deployment.

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America's Technology Future at Risk

A new study has been released by the Economic Strategy Institute.

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Ever since the dawn of the industrial revolution, American scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs have constantly pushed forward the boundaries of technology, creating whole new industries and providing products and services that vastly improve our standard of living.

That may be about to change.

ImageThis new report from the Economic Strategy Institute highlights the growing challenges facing America's high-tech economy. The report was released to the public on March 15 at a briefing on Capitol Hill. Joining Clyde Prestowitz, author of the report, were Craig Barrett, Chairman of Intel Corporation; Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and best-selling author of The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century; United States Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and United States Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA).  

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Telephone Rates in the New Economy

Larry Darby reports on reforms in the telecommunications industry.

A coalition of long-distance and local-exchange companies has recently submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC, or Commission) a proposal for restructuring telephone rates, known as the CALLS proposal (Coalition for Affordable Local and Long Distance Services). The CALLS proposal would reorient the charges imposed by local telephone companies to recover the costs of providing network facilities - trunks, lines, interconnecting devices, switches, operating systems and the like. Those facilities are shared by long-distance telephone companies - AT&T, MCI WorldCom, Sprint and others (sometimes referred to as interexchange carriers) - and by ordinary telephone subscribers, who use the networks for both local and long-distance calls, for voice, data, Internet, or other services, as well as for calls in urban and/or rural areas.

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Crossed Wires - How Foreign Regulations and U.S. Policies are Holding Back Telecoms

Crossed Wires: How Foreign Regulations and U.S. Policies are Holding Back the U.S. Telecommunications Services Industry, examines the changes taking place in the telecommunications services industry both here and abroad. The reports authors, Erik Olbeter and Larry Chimerine, find that domestic, foreign and international regulations restrict the ability of U.S. firms to take advantage of the opportunities stemming from changes in the industry, and consequently, limit the ability of the U.S. telecommunications services industry to create high-paying jobs.

This study proposes changes in domestic regulations to spur competition in the telecommunications services industry and thereby lower prices, stimulate innovation, and improve the international competitiveness of U.S. firms. The study also recommends a proactive international negotiating position to increase the opportunities available to U.S. firms in foreign markets.

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Getting There: The Role of Government, the Role of Industry - C. Michael Armstrong

Comments of C. Michael Armstrong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T, at the Economic Strategy Institute on May 5, 1998.

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Halting the Accounting Rate Rip-Off

Presentation by Robert Cohen, Peter Cowhey, and Erik Olbeter on accounting settlemet rates in the telecommunications industry at the Economic Strategy Institute, Febrauary 5, 1997.

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Happy Birthday? The Telecom Act Hits the Terrbile Twos

Remarks by C. Michael Armstrong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T, on the implementation of the 1996 Telecom Act at the Economic Strategy Institute on February 10, 1998.

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Investing in America's Future: Problems and Prospects in Deploying Broadband

Presentation by F. Duane Ackerman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bell South Corporation, at the Economic Strategy Institute, on March 3, 1998.

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Unclogging the Broadband Pipeline

Presentation by Jonathan B. Sallet, Chief Policy Counsel of MCI Communications, at the Economic Strategy Institute, April 20, 1998.

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Broadband: Opportunities and Challenges for the Telecommunications Industry

A Forum Presented by the Economic Strategy Institute with the Support of the Sloan Foundation

Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. March 11, 2002

Presentation:

Eli Noam, Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University

Panelists:

Robert Atkinson, Vice President and Director of the Technology & New Economy Project, Progressive Policy Institute

Richard Ellenberger, Chairman & CEO, Broadwing, Inc.

Hon. Bruce Mehlman, Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy, U.S. Department of Commerce

Robert Pepper, Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy, Federal Communications Commission

Moderator:

Clyde Prestowitz, President, Economic Strategy Institute

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Freeing the Tiger - How Open Competition Will Benefit Both Industry and Consumers

Presentation by Timothy Price, President and Chief Operating Officer, MCI Communications, at the Economic Strategy Institute, July 15, 1997.

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