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Asymmetric Broadband Wholesale Regulation

Steffen Hoernig

No 8399, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Due to technological convergence, multiple infrastructures can now offer broadband or triple-play services, while the existing access regulation is based on a single essential network. We show that continued asymmetric access regulation of one network does not control sufficiently for market power and benefits the unregulated network, and that symmetric regulation would lead to higher consumer surplus. Furthermore, the whole setup of access regulation may not be viable in the long run if regulatory constraints provide strong first-mover advantages to the unregulated network.

Keywords: Access regulation; Cable; Convergence; Copper (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L51 L96 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-net and nep-reg
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