An assessment of the equality of access and no-regulation approaches to next generation networks

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Abstract

The European Commission believes that for the regulation of next generation fixed telecommunications networks the continuity approach is preferable to the equality of access approach and the no-regulation approach. According to the European Commission, (i) functional separation eliminates discrimination and promotes competition, but should only be used as a measure of last resort because it involves various complex trade-offs, whereas (ii) the no-regulation approach fosters investment, at the cost of sacrificing competition. The article agrees that functional separation involves complex trade-offs but disputes the assertion that functional separation necessarily eliminates discrimination and promotes competition. In addition, the article also establishes conditions under which the no-regulation approach does not reduce competition.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)818 - 826
JournalTelecommunications Policy
Volume35
Issue number9-10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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