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Competition, Regulation, and Convergence : Current Trends in Telecommunication Policy Research - Sharon E. Gillett

Competition, Regulation, and Convergence

Current Trends in Telecommunication Policy Research

By: Sharon E. Gillett (Editor), Ingo Vogelsang (Editor), Benjamin M. Compaine (Preface by), Jorge Reina Schement (Preface by)

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The telecommunications industry has experienced dynamic changes over the past several years, and those exciting events and developments are reflected in the chapters of this volume. The Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRe holds an unrivaled place at the center of national public policy discourse on issues in communications and information. TPRC is one of the few places where multidisciplinary discussions take place as the norm. The papers collected here represent the current state of research in telecommunication policy, and are organized around four topics: competition, regulation, universal service, and convergence.
The contentious competition issues include bundling as a strategy in software competition, combination bidding in spectrum auctions, and anticompetitive behavior in the Internet. Regulation takes up telephone number portability, decentralized regulatory decision making versus central regulatory authority, data protection, restrictions to the flow of information over the Internet, and failed Global Information Infrastructure initiatives. Universal service addresses the persistent gap in telecommunications from a socioeconomic perspective, the availability of competitive Internet access service and cost modeling. The convergence section concentrates on the costs of Internet telephony versus circuit switched telephony, the intertwined evolution of new services, new technologies, and new consumer equipment, and the politically charged question of asymmetric regulation of Internet telephony and conventional telephone service.

Authorsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Competition
Effecting a Price Squeeze Through Bundled Pricingp. 1
Combination Bidding in Spectrum Auctionsp. 19
Regulating Anticompetitive Behavior in the Internet Market: An Applied Imputation Model for Perup. 27
Trademarks and Domain Names: Property Rights and Institutional Evolution in Cyberspacep. 51
Regulation
An Economic Analysis of Telephone Number Portabilityp. 73
Promoting Telephone Competition--A Simpler Wayp. 85
Telecommunication Regulation in the United States and Europe: The Case for Centralized Authorityp. 105
Operator, Please Give Me Information: The European Union Directive on Data Protection in Telecommunicationsp. 121
The Architectures of Mandated Access Controlsp. 137
Beyond Infrastructure: A Critical Assessment of GII Initiativesp. 159
Universal Service
The Persistent Gap in Telecommunications: Toward Hypothesis and Answersp. 179
Do Commercial ISPs Provide Universal Access?p. 195
Proxy Models and the Funding of Universal Servicep. 213
Convergence
Internet Telephony or Circuit Switched Telephony: Which Is Cheaper?p. 235
An IP-based Local Access Network: Economic and Public Policy Analysisp. 255
Implications of Local Loop Technology for Future Industry Structurep. 283
The Internet and "Telecommunications Services," Access Charges, Universal Service Mechanisms and Other Flotsam of the Regulatory Systemp. 297
Author Indexp. 317
Subject Index
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ISBN: 9780805834840
ISBN-10: 0805834842
Series: LEA Telecommunications Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st September 1999
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.69