Ten Principles of Telecom Policy

States discourage phone and cable companies from offering more competitive services and generating new jobs and economic growth by imposing taxes and regulations that are no longer appropriate for a highly competitive and fast-growing industry. Laws requiring cross-subsidies, utility regulation of competitive services, pricing inflexibility, tariff filing requirements, and consumer protection oversight in the hands of government staff whose specialty is regulation are not in the public interest. All serve chiefly as obstacles to investment that reduce asset values of all telecom suppliers.

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