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Author: Yoo, Christopher S.
Citation: The Enduring Lessons of the Breakup of AT&T: A Twenty-Five Year Retrospective, 61 FED. COMM. L.J. 1 (2008).
Date Published: 2008
Date Posted: 01/16/2009
Subjects: Law and Regulatory Systems
Law, Technology and Communications
Keywords: Regulated Industries
Communications Law
Government Regulation
Law and Technology
On April 18-19, 2008, the University of Pennsylvania Law School hosted a landmark conference on “The Enduring Lessons of the Breakup of AT&T: A Twenty-Five Year Retrospective.” This conference was the first major event for Penn’s newly established Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition, a research institute committed to promoting basic research into foundational frameworks that will shape the way policymakers think about technology-related issues in the future.
The breakup of AT&T represents an ideal starting point for reexamining the major themes of telecommunications policy that have emerged over the past quarter century. The conference featured a keynote address by the Hon. Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Panels addressed the following topics:

- “Looking Back at Divestiture: What Worked? What Didn’t?” (Roger Noll, Paul MacAvoy, Alfred Kahn, Joseph Weber)
- “Equal Access as the New Regulatory Paradigm: The Transition from Rate Regulation to Access Regulation” (Glen Robinson, Tim Wu, Christopher Yoo, Gerald Faulhaber)
- “Structural Separation in Dynamic Markets: Lessons for the Internet, Lessons for Europe” (Joseph Farrell, Eli Noam, Michael Riordan, Michael Salinger)
- “From the MFJ to Trinko: The Essential Facilities Doctrine and the Proper Provinces of Antitrust and Regulation” (Daniel Spulber, Michael Katz, Timothy Brennan, Howard Shelanski)
- “Regulation by Consent Decree: Lessons for Microsoft and Beyond” (Richard Epstein, Robert Crandall, Daniel Rubinfeld, Philip Weiser)
- “The Future of Intercarrier Compensation” (Gerald Brock, Simon Wilkie, James Speta, Kevin Werbach)

Selected papers were published in the Federal Communications Law Journal.