A Consideration of Telecommunications Market Structure in the Presence of Municipal Provision: The Case of U.S. Cities

Review of Industrial Organization, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 135-152

Posted: 29 Mar 2010

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Janice Alane Hauge

University of North Texas

Mark A Jamison

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

R. Todd Jewell

Texas State University, San Marcos - Department of Finance and Economics

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

We consider the effect of government-owned telecommunications providers on privately owned rivals by comparing the presence of private telecommunications services providers alongside municipal competitors in the US telecommunications industry from 1999 through 2002. Our primary finding is that the presence of a municipal provider is negatively correlated with a city’s having private providers. However, the marginal effects indicate that the effect of municipal competition on private provision is largely concentrated on the first entrant, suggesting cities may choose to provide telecommunications services in areas with inadequate demand to support private provision.

Suggested Citation

Hauge, Janice Alane and Jamison, Mark A. and Jewell, R. Todd Todd, A Consideration of Telecommunications Market Structure in the Presence of Municipal Provision: The Case of U.S. Cities (2009). Review of Industrial Organization, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 135-152. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1578428

Janice Alane Hauge

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R. Todd Todd Jewell

Texas State University, San Marcos - Department of Finance and Economics ( email )

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