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Opening Networks to Competition : The Regulation and Pricing of Access :  The Regulation and Pricing of Access - David Gabel

Opening Networks to Competition : The Regulation and Pricing of Access

The Regulation and Pricing of Access

By: David Gabel (Editor), David F. Weiman (Editor)

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Published: October 1997
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This book addresses the related problems of regulating and pricing access in network industries. Interconnection between network suppliers raises questions of how to sustain competition and realize economic efficiency. New entrants must have access to customers in a competitive industry, but the very nature of network industries limits potential entrants. The large fixed and sunk costs of constructing networks and the difficulty in acquiring the expertise and competencies embodied in the managerial and organizational structure of incumbents in the network industry make it difficult to enter this marketplace. As a result, new entrants, realizing that they may not be able to provide customers with service comparable to that of the incumbents, often look to negotiate an interconnection agreement. This book is divided into two parts. Part I assesses regulation and pricing access in network industries from an analytical and policy perspective. Part II presents a variety of case studies examining interconnection issues over time and across industries. The book concludes with the idea that no single economic model or theory is appropriate for all network industries and that one needs to factor in the policy objectives, economic forces, and trade-offs for the specific industry before arriving at a final policy decision.

Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Networks and Access: Theoretical and Policy Perspectivesp. 7
One-Way Networks, Two-Way Networks, Compatibility, and Public Policyp. 9
Markup Pricing for Interconnection: A Conceptual Frameworkp. 31
Problems in Creating Effective Competitionp. 49
Case Studiesp. 73
Historical Perspectives on Competition and Interconnection Between Local Exchange Companies: the United States, 1894-1914p. 75
On the Frontier of Deregulation: New Zealand Telecommunications and the Problem of Interconnecting Competing Networksp. 107
Competition Access Policies in the Rail Freight Industry, with Comparisons to Telecommunicationsp. 137
Social Obligations and Access Pricing: Telecommunications and Railways in the UKp. 159
Access Demands and Network Joint Venturesp. 181
Exclusionary Behavior in the Market for Operating System Software: The Case of Microsoftp. 221
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780792380191
ISBN-10: 0792380193
Series: TOPICS IN REGULATORY ECONOMICS AND POLICY
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 245
Published: October 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.52