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Phasing Out Sector-Specific Regulation in Competitive Telecommunications

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    After overall entry deregulation, regulation of market power can only be justified in local telecommunication networks as long as they constitute monopolistic bottlenecks. Technical progress leads to a gradual disappearance of monopolistic bottlenecks, pointing out the large potential for economically efficient phasing out of sector-specific regulation. In contrast, all forms of asymmetric regulation contain an intrinsic bias towards overregulation. The new telecommunications laws in Germany and Switzerland are shown to be prominent examples of asymmetric regulatory frameworks, whereby the Swiss law seems more suitable for phasing out sector-specific regulation. Copyright 1997 by WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Kyklos.

    Volume (Year): 50 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 325-39

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:50:y:1997:i:3:p:325-39

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    1. Günter Knieps & Patrick Zenhäusern, 2014. "Regulatory fallacies in global telecommunications: the case of international mobile roaming," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 11(1), pages 63-79, February.
    2. Knieps, Günter & Weiß, Hans-Jörg, 2008. "Regulatory agencies and regulatory risk," Discussion Papers 118 [rev.], University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
    3. Günter Knieps, 2005. "Railway (De-)regulation in Germany," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 3(4), pages 21-25, 01.
    4. Vanberg, Margit A., 2007. "Implications of Network Convergence on Local Access Regulation in the U.S. and the EU," ZEW Discussion Papers 07-039, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    5. Brunekreeft, Gert, 1997. "Local versus global price cap: A comparison of foreclosure incentives," Discussion Papers 36, University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
    6. Günter Knieps, 2004. "Privatisation of Network Industries in Germany: A Disaggregated Approach," CESifo Working Paper Series 1188, CESifo Group Munich.
    7. Knieps, Günter, 2004. "Limits to the (De-)Regulation of Transport Services," Discussion Papers 99, University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
    8. Knieps, Günter & Zenhäusern, Patrick, 2011. "The reform process of the railway sector in Europe: A disaggregated regulatory approach," Discussion Papers 141, University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
    9. Knieps, Günter & Zenhäusern, Patrick, 2009. "Stepping stones and access holidays: the fallacies of regulatory micro-management," Discussion Papers 123, University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
    10. Scheele, Ulrich, 2007. "Privatisierung, Liberalisierung und Deregulierung in netzgebundenen Infrastruktursektoren," Forschungs- und Sitzungsberichte der ARL: Aufsätze, in: Wandel der Stromversorgung und räumliche Politik, pages 35-67 Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung (ARL) - Leibniz-Forum für Raumwissenschaften.

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