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

Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2006/31

10 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2007 Last revised: 23 Jul 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Lindsay, David F. and Dewan, Garima, 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, Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2006/31, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1074642

David F. Lindsay (Contact Author)

UTS: Law ( email )

15 Broadway Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

Garima Dewan

Monash University ( email )

23 Innovation Walk
Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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