The anti-regulation SWAT team at Quayle's Council on Competitiveness has succeeded in easing proposed pollution rules and speeding new drug approvals. Now the council is taking aim at what one top Administration official calls "the enormous barriers in telecommunications that are standing in the way of innovation." Issues to be addressed include legal restraints on local phone companies, lack of competition among them, and regulations that hobble more efficient allocation of the broadcast spectrum. The council plans to detail its complaints in an April white paper.

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