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Title:Regulating network-based industries : the case of telecommunications PDF Logo
Authors:Klodt, Henning
Issue Date:1996
Series/Report no.:Kiel Working Papers 766
Abstract:A mandatory open-network-provision (ONP) by dominant firms is the appropriate government regulation in the presence of network externalities. For basic telephone services and online services, a permanent ONP regulation seems indispensable, whereas telecommunication networks only require transitional ONP regulation as long as public or privatized PTTs dispose of a dominant market position. Regulatory institutions tend to prefer either cost-plus or price-cap contracts for defining appropriate price-ceilings for network-access under ONP regulation. In order to avoid the specific disadvantages of both, governments should better apply incentive contract schemes which allow a sharing of efficiency gains among producers and customers.
JEL:D82
L51
L96
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des IfW
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