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PHASING OUT SECTOR-SPECIFIC REGULATION IN EUROPEAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Günter Knieps and Patrick Zenhäusern

in Journal of Competition Law & Economics

Volume 6, issue 4, pages 995-1006
Published in print December 2010 | ISSN: 1744-6414
Published online September 2010 | e-ISSN: 1744-6422 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/joclec/nhq014
PHASING OUT SECTOR-SPECIFIC REGULATION IN EUROPEAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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The European Commission Recommendation 2007/879/EC has become known as an important innovation towards phasing out sector-specific regulation of electronic communications. Eleven of the eighteen markets are no longer regarded as needing to be subject to sector-specific ex ante regulation. Although the important role of active and potential competition in telecommunications markets has been mentioned, the economically founded implications of the “three-criteria-test” in the Commission Recommendation 2003/311/EC have not yet been implemented. As a consequence, the relevance of regulation in the remaining seven markets remains vague. To provide a superior alternative, the analytical concept of a disaggregated regulatory approach is applied. Sector-specific regulatory interventions are to be limited to network-specific market power. As a consequence, only two of the seven remaining markets in the European Commission Recommendation 2007/879/EC are possible candidates for regulation.

Keywords: L51; L96; L98

Journal Article.  4028 words. 

Subjects: Regulation and Industrial Policy ; Energy and Utilities ; Industry Studies

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