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

Duarte Brito, Pedro Pereira and João Vareda

Telecommunications Policy, 2011, vol. 35, issue 9, 818-826

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.

Keywords: NGN; Continuity approach; No-regulation; Functional separation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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