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The Measure and Regulation of Competition in Telecommunications Markets


  • Marcel Boyer


The development of the canadian telecommunications web is significantly influenced by the regulatory framework put in place to oversee the evolution of the web toward a competitive system. This paper has two specific objectives: first, to develop a methodological framework, which will allow a proper characterization of the level of competition in the telecommunications industry, more specifically in the residential local access market and second, to recommend some (significant) changes in the CRTC approach to the regulation of the Canadian Telecommunications industry. I argue that the current approach to the regulation of telecommunications in Canada is likely to generate significant harms to consumers and businesses as well as efficiency losses for the Canadian economy. I conclude that there is a urgent need for a telecommunications regulatory reform, with a stronger accent put on three crucial roles of the telecommunications regulator as the trusted generator of information for the consumers, as the manager of the level playing field conditions, and as the promoter of efficient investment programmes. Le développement du réseau canadien des télécommunications est influencé de façon significative par le cadre réglementaire adopté pour régir l'évolution de ce réseau vers la concurrence. Cet article a deux objectifs principaux : d'une part, développer un cadre méthodologique adéquat pour caractériser le niveau de concurrence dans l'industrie des télécommunications, plus particulièrement du marché des services résidentiels locaux, et, d'autre part, de proposer des changements (importants) au cadre réglementaire actuel. Je montre que le cadre réglementaire actuel peut engendrer des problèmes importants pour les consommateurs et l'industrie ainsi que des pertes d'efficacité pour l'économie canadienne. Il existe un besoin urgent de réformer le cadre réglementaire actuel, en mettant l'accent sur trois rôles essentiels de l'agence de régulation des télécommunications comme fournisseur d'informations aux consommateurs, comme gestionnaire des conditions de concurrence loyale pour toutes les entreprises et comme promoteur de programmes d'investissement efficaces.

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  • Marcel Boyer, 2005. "The Measure and Regulation of Competition in Telecommunications Markets," CIRANO Working Papers 2005s-35, CIRANO.
  • Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2005s-35

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    1. Zimmerman, Paul R., 0. "Recent developments in US wireline telecommunications," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(6-7), pages 419-437, July.
    2. Hausman, Jerry & Myers, Stewart, 2002. "Regulating the United States Railroads: The Effects of Sunk Costs and Asymmetric Risk," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 22(3), pages 287-310, November.
    3. Marcel Boyer & Pierre Lasserre & Michel Moreaux, 2007. "The Dynamics of Industry Investments," CIRANO Working Papers 2007s-09, CIRANO.
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    competition; regulatory reform; telecommunications; concurrence; réforme de la réglementation; télécommunication;

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