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Excessive(?) Entry of National Telecom Networks, 1990-2001

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  • Christiaan Hogendorn

    (Economics Department, Wesleyan University)

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We document entry and capacity expansion in US long-distance fiber-optic networks before and during the “telecom boom.” We disentangle the many swaps and leases between networks in order to measure owned route miles versus route miles shared with other carriers. Entry appears much more moderate when these shared miles are not counted. Strategic behavior can lead to excessive entry, and we find evidence of such behavior regarding total miles (including swaps and leases) but not regarding owned miles. We conclude that entry was excessive only with regard to swaps and leases, but not with regard to the physical building of the networks.

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  • Christiaan Hogendorn, 2006. "Excessive(?) Entry of National Telecom Networks, 1990-2001," Wesleyan Economics Working Papers 2006-001, Wesleyan University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:wes:weswpa:2006-001
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    Keywords

    telecommunications; investment; preemption;
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    JEL classification:

    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications

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