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50 Federal Communications Law Journal 529 (1998)


Those of us involved in the communications field realize the dramatic changes and challenges posed by the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. In particular, those in charge of implementing the Act's provisions face serious challenges. There are three ways that those in leadership positions may prevail in this "communications revolution" so as to facilitate development. First, it is essential to be familiar with the fields of economics and competitive analysis, and to understand that competition and markets will prove superior devices for managing change. Second, the importance of technology must be emphasized. Finally, emotion or special interest politics must not drive leaders in this communications revolution— they should be driven by facts and ideas. Those in leadership positions must recognize these ideas if technology and competition are to develop efficiently.