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The case for a more binding WTO agreement on regulatory principles in telecommunication markets


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  • Fredebeul-Krein, Markus
  • Freytag, Andreas


On February 5, 1998, the WTO agreement on basic telecommunications services entered into force. Although the WTO agreement is a step into the right direction its impact might be rather modest. This is because apart from the many exemptions, which are likely to undermine market access and national treatment commitments, the regulatory provisions laid down in the WTO agreement are neither specific nor comprehensive enough to ensure open market access. Because there is in most cases a lack of clear definition as to the terms and conditions of regulatory provisions, there is a great danger that governments might nullify the commitments by abusing the regulatory requirements.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Telecommunications Policy.

Volume (Year): 23 (1999)
Issue (Month): 9 (October)
Pages: 625-644

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Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:23:y:1999:i:9:p:625-644

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Keywords: WTO agreement on basic telecommunications services International regulation;


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