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Regulation and Competition Law in Telecommunications and Other Network Industries

Peter Alexiadis and Martin Cave

in The Oxford Handbook of Regulation

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199560219
Published online September 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199560219.003.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Regulation and Competition Law in Telecommunications and Other Network Industries

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This article examines how regulation and competition law have been deployed to control the firms operating in the telecommunications sector, and how, in particular, regulation has been designed, particularly in the European Union, in such a way that it can be withdrawn in favour of the more widespread application of competition law. Examples are electricity generation, sewage treatment, long distance telecommunications services, and retailing. The question arises as to when traditional price regulation can give way to reliance on competition law. The trend in many countries, and especially in telecommunications in Europe, has been to move to ‘deregulate’ in this way. This article examines how such decisions are made and how well competition law works in such contexts.

Keywords: regulation; competition law; telecommunications sector; European Union; price regulation

Article.  9401 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business and Government ; Business Strategy

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