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Six Degrees of Separation : Operational Separation as a Remedy in European Telecommunications Regulation

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  • Cave, Martin

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Numerous proposals have been made for separation in the telecommunications sector, some of which have been implemented, including the break-up of the Bell system in the 1980s and the widespread implementation of accounting separation. In recent years, attention has been focussed on operational separation. This paper identifies the problem that this is intended to tackle, lists a number of possible variants and discusses experiences in the UK. Having specified the circumstances under which operational separation may be justified, it suggests how provisions for such separation could be made in European legislation.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 3572.

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Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Keywords: telecomunications; regulation; operational separation;

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