Telecommunications Policy: Alliances, Interconnection, and Universal Service

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Sanford V. Berg

University of Florida - Department of Economics

Mark A Jamison

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration, Public Utility Research Center

Date Written: 1998

Abstract

Any survey of such a dynamic industry as telecommunications is bound to be idiosyncratic - reflecting the particular tastes and interests of the reviewers. We do not apologize for selectivity, but wish to acknowledge that another team could review developments in telecommunications policy and present a very different set of observations. We focus on global alliances, interconnection, and universal service. These three issues illustrate how basic industry conditions (mediated by regulatory regimes) lead to market structures. Market structure, particularly the number of firms and entry conditions, influences corporate behavior. The resulting market performance is a key factor determining public policy initiatives. Legal changes, such as privatization or deregulation, create new constraints and/or open up commercial opportunities. Since policy is endogenous, identifying the impacts of a particular policy on performance is difficult in practice.

Suggested Citation

Berg, Sanford V. and Jamison, Mark A., Telecommunications Policy: Alliances, Interconnection, and Universal Service (1998). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1549653 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1549653

Sanford V. Berg

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Mark A. Jamison (Contact Author)

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration, Public Utility Research Center ( email )

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Gainesville, FL 32611
United States
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HOME PAGE: http://warrington.ufl.edu/purc/facultyinfo.asp?WEBID=1217

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