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The Telecoms Trade War : the United States, the European Union and the World Trade Organisation - Mark Naftel

The Telecoms Trade War

the United States, the European Union and the World Trade Organisation

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If one were to believe the politicians and pundits in the trade press,the world is in midst of a "telecoms revolution," resulting from (the) deregulation and new competitive opportunities represented by the 1997 World Trade Organisation Agreement on Basic Telecommunications Services. This may be true. Unfortunately, however, the actions of many regulators and industry participants more accurately reveal not a telecoms "revolution" but instead a growing telecoms trade war that is dangerously close to spiralling out of hand. In this book, Naftel and Spiwak review U.S. and European competition and regulatory initiatives post-WTO and provide both a useful roadmap to today's U.S., EU and WTO telecoms regulation and an examination of various case studies to illustrate their points. In so doing, the authors discover unfortunately the sad reality that, despite the political rhetoric, regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have eschewed innovative and indeed productive solutions to create a market structure conducive to long-term competitive rivalry. Instead, the authors demonstrate that current policies reveal a growing cynicism towards the maximisation of consumer welfare that will be difficult - if not outright impossible- to remove.????

...they convincingly show that the growing telecoms trade war is to be taken seriously. the book is to be recommended to everyone with an interest in the field. Wilfred A M Steenbruggen Digital Technology Law Journal March 2001 The Telecoms Trade War is a welcome addition to the telecom literature, if for no other reason than it challenges the conventional wisdom with evidence and analysis that go substantially deeper than the mantra recitations that have come to dominate both policy analysis and academic research on liberalization.This is the first detailed study in the modern era of telecom reform focusing on regulatory capture for the primary purpose of assisting dominant home operators in international and foreign markets. William H. Melody TelecomReform June 2002

Acknowledgements
Table of Abbreviations
Analytical and Legal Framework
Telecoms Policy for the New Millennium
Why Restructure?
Analytical Framework
Evaluating Competition in a Post-WTO World
The WTO and the Reference Paper: An Ostensible Blueprint for Entry
US Efforts to Promote Telecoms Competition
From International Competitive Carrier Paradigm to Effective Competitive Opportunities: The FCC's International Policies Pre-WTO
US Policies Post-WTO Part 1 - Benchmarks and Entry Fees
US Policies Post-WTO Part 2 - The Naked Politicisation of the American Legal System
"Do As I Say, Not As I Do" - US Efforts at Promoting Local Telecoms Competition
European Efforts to Promote Telecoms Competition
EU Foundation, Institutions and Policies
Europe's First Steps Towards Telecoms Competition
Does the EU Regulatory Framework Work in the Market?
The EU Approach to the Internet and Data Protection
The EU's 1999 Telecommunications Review
Case Studies in Regulatory Cynicism
Case Study: Comparing the US and EU Approaches to Universal Service
Case Study: FCC's International Spectrum Policies
Case Study: International Submarine Cable Landing Petitions
Case Study: International Mergers and Global Alliances
Conclusion
O Shame! Where is Thy Blush?
The FCC's Competitive Carrier Paradigm
Index
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ISBN: 9781841130149
ISBN-10: 1841130141
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 15th January 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.02
Edition Number: 1