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A critical appraisal of the European Commission´s policy towards regulating next generation communications networks

Briglauer, Wolfgang and Gugler, Klaus (2012) A critical appraisal of the European Commission´s policy towards regulating next generation communications networks. Working Papers / Research Institute for Regulatory Economics, 2012,3. Forschungsinstitut für Regulierungsökonomie, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.

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Abstract

Fiber-deployment of telecommunications networks is currently a great challenge for sector-specific regulators, national governments, as well as for investing operators. One of the most controversial regulatory issues in Europe (and elsewhere) is whether the emerging next generation access (NGA) infrastructure should be subjected to cost-based access regulation or whether at least a temporary removal of ex ante obligations ("regulatory holidays") should be granted. In answering this question we examine the current and foreseeable EU regulatory framework and show that it does not provide positive incentives for NGA deployment and increasing penetration rates. On the basis of an international comparison with the most recent data on NGA deployment and penetration, it appears, in turn, that deregulatory and/or state aid driven approaches targeted at the demand (subscribers) and supply side (coverage) are more promising. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: next generation telecommunications networks / regulation / investment / penetration / diffusion analysis / Europäische Union / Next Generation Network / Regulierung
Classification Codes: RVK QR 300, QR 760 ; JEL H5, L38, L43, L52
Divisions: Forschungsinstitute > Regulierungsökonomie
Depositing User: Charlotte Lejeune
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 13:42
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2013 09:18
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/3642

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