Funding Universal Service: The Effect of Telecommunications Subsidy Programs on Competition and Retail Prices
AbstractThere is general concern that producer subsidies distort competition. We examine a telecommunications subsidy system that transfers money from low cost regions to high cost regions of the U.S. Even though the system is designed to be competitively neutral, we find evidence that the system, combined with carrier of last resort policies, promotes cream skimming by entrants in low cost areas and less entry in high cost areas, where incumbents are more likely than entrants to receive subsidies. We are unable to rule out the possibility that state regulatory policies favor incumbents in states that are net beneficiaries of the subsidy system.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by NET Institute in its series Working Papers with number 07-08.
Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
Date of revision: Aug 2007
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subsidies; Universal Service Fund; telecommunications; regulation;
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