Telecommunications represents one of the largest high technology equipment and service industries in the world. Today there is growing support within the telecommunications industry for competition domestically and in world trade which is directly at odds with its distinctive political tradition of monopoly provision and minimally competitive international trade practices. This raises major questions, both for emerging public policy and for theorists concerned with the making of public policy. This particularly true for Europe, the focus of this study, where the reform of the telecommunications sector has proven one of the most vexing issues confronting the unification of the European Common Market. Noam's book is the first major attempt to address the complicated economic and policy issues of telecommunications in Europe. He provides a thorough discussion of the evolution of central telephone networks, equipment supply, new value-added networks, and new telecommunications-related services within the framework of a detailed country by country analysis. This highly accessible and comprehensive study will be of interest to students and professionals in the areas of communications, economics, and political science.
'Eli Noam has made an interesting and useful contribution to the European Community's telecommunications review process.' Richard A. Cawley, Telecommunications Policy, April 1993 'encyclopaedic and highly accessible study' Times Higher Education Supplement 'encyclopaedic and highly accessible study' Financial Times Business Books, November 1993 'a remarkable survey of telecommunications policy and regulation in Europe ... This book will be essential reading ... this book is more than the sum of its parts and will be of enormous value to those involved in study, practice or policy-making for European telecommunications.' Colin Scott, London School of Economics and Political Science, European Competition Law Review, 15:1 (1994)
Series: Communication and Society
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 20th August 1992
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.6 x 4.4
Weight (kg): 0.99