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Asymmetric Regulation of Access and Price Discrimination in Telecommunications

  • Martin Peitz


Suppose that a strong and a weak operator compete in a telecommunications market. To terminate a call operators need access to the competitor’s network if the call is off-net. Operators set two-part tariffs and price-discriminate according to termination of a call. Suppose as a benchmark that access prices are regulated at costs. I show that the weak operator’s profit and consumer welfare increase if the regulator sets a higher price to access the weak operator’s network. However, total surplus decreases even locally. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

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Volume (Year): 28 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 327-343

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Handle: RePEc:kap:regeco:v:28:y:2005:i:3:p:327-343
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