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A Call to Action on Breast Cancer: How Management Science Can Improve Performance Outcomes (October 23, 2013)

Summary – To address the increasing incidence of breast cancer, we all must rally around a realistic objective such as reducing by 1,000,000 women the projected levels of breast cancer by the year 2023 and, during the same time period, increasing the 10-year survival rates of those afflicted to 95%. Once these objectives are set, detailed plans should be put in place for each type of breast cancer including plans for education, prevention, detection, research, regulation, benchmarks, reporting, allocation of resources and recognition programs.

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Comments to the Federal Communications Commission on the Telecommunications Industry Structure (October 20, 2009)

Summary – Given the dominance of AT&T and Verizon in the telecommunications industry, unbundling, open-access and non-discrimination are necessary but not sufficient conditions to ensure a competitive broadband infrastructure market.

The Commission should supplement these regulatory requirements with a long-term comprehensive plan to develop a competitive broadband infrastructure market that would include acquisition guidelines, a dedicated antitrust watch-guard organization, and benchmarks for a competitive broadband market.

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Petition to the Federal Communications Commission for Structural Relief (September 4, 2009)

Summary – As AT&T and Verizon gobbled up direct and potential competitors over the past decade, they committed to meet certain pro-competitive provisions. But they have failed to do so, instead seeking to thwart competition through every available means.

The FCC should initiate a formal investigation into Verizon’s and AT&T’s practices. If AT&T and Verizon are found to have willfully violated the law or the FCC’s merger conditions, the Commission should find that they are unfit to hold mobile wireless licenses. This structural relief would break the stranglehold of collusion currently dominating the industry, and would unleash two new powerful companies with the incentive and ability to compete vigorously in all segments of the telecommunications market.

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Understanding Telecommunications Policy (January 9, 2009)

Summary – the most effective way to address AT&T’s and Verizon’s re-monopolization of the telecommunications industry is to: 1) require AT&T and Verizon to divest their wireless divisions to their existing shareholders and let them operate as standalone business; 2) have the FCC undertake a detailed analysis and subsequent frequency reallocation to enable the wireless carriers to offer a complete package of services to their customers, and 3) require all facilities-based providers to allow unencumbered attachments to their networks and unfettered resale of their facilities.

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Reply Comments to the Federal Communications on the Wireless Industry Dynamics (October 5, 2009)

Summary – Verizon’s expert witness has provided irrefutable evidence that the dominant carriers are colluding on price. As a result of this price collusion, AT&T’s and Verizon’s wireless profits are extraordinarily high and growing rapidly. Extrapolating the current revenue trends, consumers will be overcharged by up to $1 Trillion over the next decade relative to what the prices would be in a fully competitive mobile services market. The FCC should conduct a formal investigation into AT&T’s and Verizon’s pricing and market entry strategies – or refer the matter to the Department of Justice.

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