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Two-way interconnection and the collusive role of the access charge

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  • Ulrich Berger

    (Vienna University of Economics)

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I show that under network competition with termination-based price discrimination access charges below marginal cost may be used as a collusion device, if the utility of receiving calls is accounted for. This holds even for linear prices and sharply contrasts recent results in the literature suggesting that collusion over the access charge might result in a markup on cost. Moreover, "bill and keep" arrangements may be welfare improving compared with cost-based access pricing.

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  • Ulrich Berger, 2003. "Two-way interconnection and the collusive role of the access charge," Industrial Organization 0303011, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:0303011
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    Keywords

    Network Competition; Two-Way Interconnection; Access Charge; Call Externality;

    JEL classification:

    • L41 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Monopolization; Horizontal Anticompetitive Practices
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications

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