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Broadband Investment and the Threat of Regulation: Preventing Monopoly Exploitation or Infrastructure Construction?


  • Blum Ulrich

    (Halle Institute for Economic Research)

  • Growitsch Christian

    (Scientific Institute for Infrastructure and Communication Services WIK)

  • Krap Niels

    () (Halle Institute for Economic Research)


Recently, investments in new generation networks in Germany have been curtailed, since potential investors required this new network be unregulated. To develop a regulator's strategy that allows investments to occur but prevents monopolistic prices, we model an investor's decision problem under a threat of regulation. We show that the mere threat of a regulator's intervention may prevent supernormal profits without actual price regulation. The regulator, on the other hand, can influence both the investment decision and the investor's price via her signals on regulation probability and price.

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  • Blum Ulrich & Growitsch Christian & Krap Niels, 2007. "Broadband Investment and the Threat of Regulation: Preventing Monopoly Exploitation or Infrastructure Construction?," Review of Network Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 6(3), pages 1-13, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:rneart:v:6:y:2007:i:3:n:5

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