All Article Summaries
These article summaries are written by TAP staff members. TAP’s purpose for this section of the site is to present information, points of view, research, and debates.
How Hybrid Working from Home Works Out
Hybrid working from home (WFH) has greatly increased since the pandemic. Data shows that WFH employees enjoy increased job satisfaction and lower attrition. WFH changes the structure of the work week and messaging behavior.
Internet Access and its Implications for Productivity, Inequality, and Resilience
During and after the COVID-19 pandemic, the proportion of employees who work from home increased substantially. Universal access to quality internet access would facilitate working from home, and improve productivity.
Reclaiming Spectrum from Incumbents in Inefficiently Allocated Bands: Transaction Costs, Competition, and Flexibility
Some electromagnetic spectrum is used inefficiently. In reclaiming this spectrum for allocation to more efficient uses and users, the FCC may choose between a simple overlay auction and a more complex two-sided auction.
On the Application of Blockchains to Spectrum Management
Blockchain technologies could help operators and users of the electromagnetic spectrum coordinate their activities. Challenges include device power limitations and blockchain system capacity constraints.
Policy, Legal and Regulatory Implications of a Europe-Only Cloud
Reports of surveillance by the United States lead Europeans to propose a Europe-only cloud, also called the “Schengen cloud.” A Europe-only cloud would require complex legal and technical limits on the routing of data.
Pipelines, Platforms, and the New Rules of Strategy
Many businesses are “pipelines” that channel goods or services to consumers. Today, pipelines face competition from a new business model, the platform. Platforms provide opportunities for consumers and producers to interact, just as Uber connects drivers and passengers.
Reflecting on the 1996 Act
The 1996 Telecommunications Act was intended to open communications markets to competition. Legislators did not foresee the role that the Internet and wireless service would play in increasing competition; instead, they emphasized the importance of local telephone networks.
Does Working from Home Work? Evidence from a Chinese Experiment
Firms and economists disagree as to whether allowing employees to work from home is a good practice. This study shows that many workers are more productive when working from home; however, home workers may be promoted less often.
Does Service Bundling Reduce Churn?
This study considers whether firms that sell telecommunications services as a bundle find it easier to retain customers. The data shows that bundling does reduce “churn” for pay television, broadband, and telephone service.
Unlocking Spectrum Value through Improved Allocation, Assignment, and Adjudication of Spectrum Rights
Future demand for wireless services will be hard to satisfy, as little unused spectrum remains. Wireless services must use spectrum more intensively. Reform is needed to facilitate intensive use, freeing wireless firms to negotiate deals with neighbors and resolve disputes.