Jay Lefkowitz discusses President Bush's decision not to seek Supreme Court review of a major telecommunications case and its ramifications for the future. The decision to scrap the regulatory scheme that governs wireline and broadband service will provide incentive to build and improve facilities, increase investment and jobs, and create new industries.
This decision could provide a template for handling the wireless sector, which is currently stifled by both the "tragedy of the commons" and the "tragedy of the anticommons". Only a genuine market for wireline and wireless spectrums can allow these industries to flourish.
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This article appeared in its entirety in the June 24, 2004 edition of Washington Times.