Richard Clarke - Participant

Rich Clarke brings both theoretical and practical experience to the study of telecommunications markets.  Upon joining Bell Laboratories in 1986, he modeled the likely competitive effects of early proposals to eliminate the Regional Bell Holding Company line-of-business restrictions from the Bell System divestiture consent decree.  After moving over to AT&T in 1989, Rich became responsible for AT&T’s regulatory policy on access charges, LEC price cap regulation and interconnection rules.  From the mid-1990s through 2005, he was responsible for AT&T’s economic public policy related to the provision and regulation of competitive local telephone services.  This included AT&T’s positions on the efficient pricing of interconnection, unbundled network elements and the costing of universal service.  He also directed AT&T’s participation in the development of the HAI/Hatfield Model of forward looking economic costs of local exchange networks.

Since the acquisition of AT&T by SBC in 2005, Rich has worked on issues related to IP and wireless networks such as network neutrality, video service entry, reverse auctions for universal service, retirement of the PSTN, spectrum auctions and exhaust.  In addition, Rich collaborates with the OECD to develop methods to better evaluate the comparative costs and performance of evolving mobile and broadband services in the U.S. and foreign countries.

Rich is the author of numerous papers on economics and telecommunications.  He has an A.B. degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Michigan, and A.M and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Harvard University.  Prior to joining AT&T-Bell Laboratories, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and worked as an economist at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.



AT&T Services, Inc.


Assistant Vice President,
Economic and Regulatory Policy