Diskussionsbeiträge / Universität Freiburg i. Br., Institut für Verkehrswissenschaft und Regionalpolitik 104
In this paper we compare the privatisation and deregulation experience of German railroads with the telecommunications sector. In section 2 the period of nationalisation, legal entry barriers and self-regulation for the German railroad and the telecommunications sector is characterized. Section 3 is devoted to the privatisation and entry deregulation during the German telecommunications reform as well as the German railroad reform. In section 4 the need for a sector-symmetric regulatory approach is derived, with particular emphasis on the phasing-out potentials of sector specific regulation. It is shown that the problem of nondiscriminatory access has to be solved with respect of the railway infrastructure as a whole, whereas in telecommunications only the local loop may create a remaining regulatory problem.