Lessons from the USA: Recent U.S. Legal and Regulatory Developments and What They Might Mean for Australia
Telecommunications Journal of Australia, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 45-53, 2006
10 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2007 Last revised: 23 Jul 2009
In anouncing that it will defer some infrastructure investment, Telstra has referenced U.S. regulatory decisions that have relaxed mandatory access obligations imposed on incumbent carriers. This article reviews recent U.S. legal and regulatory developments, and assesses their relevance for Australia. It concludes that, as a result of significant differences in the regulatory regimes and markets in the two jurisdictions, Australian regulators must apply an independent, reasoned assessment of the costs and benefits of mandatory access, and should not automatically adopt U.S. policies.
Keywords: telecommunications infrastructure, regulatory developments, mandatory access obligations, US, Australia
JEL Classification: K23, L96, L52, G28
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