Part of a series on industry convergence, Revving Up the Communications Economic Engine, lays the groundwork for the
removal of barriers to competition among industries in two communications
policy areas: (1) packaging and pricing of services; and (2) subsidies
based on type of service or income.
Economic Engine, provides prices for average
monthly households bills for broadcast and cable TV, local and long
distance telephone, wireless, and Internet services in a few simple
charts. Regulations and laws traditionally keep communications services
separate. Most households pay for more than one type of communication
Combined, these services provide more money
for building and/or updating individual customer connections to the
networks. This includes increased bandwidth and the capability to provide
advanced services. The full paper (1997) provides a description of the
policy changes and data. Sources and Calculations, provides detail on the
data used in the charts. An additional paper updates the charts (1999).