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Galbi thinking about telecom policy

New Ideas, Data, and Analysis
in Communications Policy

Welcome to Douglas Galbi's communications economics and industry analysis home page (to find out more about me, click or see my blog).  I would like this page to be a forum for new, different, and interesting ideas, data, and analysis relating to communication economics and policy. This freely available material is intended to foster a more informed public and serve the public interest. If you have suggestions for materials or links for this site, please send me an e-mail at my personal address.

Collecting and Compiling Data in Spreadsheets

Industry Trends: The Big Picture

Sense in Communication

Spurring Growth in Communications Networks

Revolutionary Ideas for Radio Regulation

Understanding Information Economies

Given Name Frequency Project

The New Business Significance of Branding

Activity, Media, and Convergence

Some Economics of Personal Activity and Implications for the Digital Economy

Communications Policy, Media Development, and Convergence

E-Government: Developing State Communications in a Free Media Environment

(conference presentation on convergence; revised ad spending data)

Bandwidth Demand and Prices

U.S. Bandwidth Use and Pricing Trends

(conference presentation, with additional price indices)

Public Data on U.S. Telephone Companies

Price-Cap Review (TRP) Dataset

Communications Service Unit Volumes, Prices, and Revenues (rate detail)

Telco Operating Statistics (from ARMIS)

Telco Cost Data (NECA carriers)

Early telephone industry data

Transforming Interconnection and Transport 

SIPs: Cities for Network Services Growth

Structural Solutions for Network Regulation

(presentation on the Internet and telecom regulation)

Regulatory Choices that Shape Competition

Regulating Prices for Shifting Between Service Providers

Some costs of competition: Long-Distance Telephone Service

Other Economic Analysis

Global Competition in Telecommunications

International Interconnection:
Accounting Rates, International Settlements, and By-pass

Factory Workers in the British Industrial Revolution

Topics in Economic Policy

Psychological Self-Assessment in Russia, 1991-93

Libraries and library use

Book Reviews

Research Suggestions

What can telecom policy learn from agricultural policy?

Learn about Russian agricultural policy

What can international organizations do to increase the low global share
of persons who have access to important communications technologies?

International aspects of social reform in the interwar period

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Since I am only wonderfully human, information posted on this website may include errors. You are responsible for your own thinking, including thinking about the material provided on this website. Good intellectual practices with any source of information include checking for internal consistency of data, verifying information in cited sources, and seeking, comparing, and evaluating multiple sources. I encourage you to use good intellecual practices when using information from this website. If you find errors, please notify me. If you undertake significant data validation efforts that do not find errors, please also notify me. Such efforts, which I encourage, raise the value of the freely available data on this website. I would be happy to include notice of this contribution along with the relevant dataset. Please see also an additional legal disclaimer.

Although I work as a Senior Economist at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), these papers represent only my view at the time the work was posted. This work should not be interpreted as defining FCC policy, and nothing other than the merit of the ideas should be considered to be an indication of future FCC policy. These papers do not contain any FCC confidential data, nor are they part of any particular proceeding at the FCC. I hope that the material posted here will expand and improve the debate on telecommunications policy. Some suggestions for helping to enrich the telecom policy debate:

If you are having difficulties finding anything interesting to read, try these introductory scholarly links. Comments and suggestions are welcomed. Please mail them to me at my personal address.