Broadband Policy in the Light of the Dutch Experience with Telecommunications Liberalization

39 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2011

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Paul de Bijl

CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis

Date Written: March 3, 2011

Abstract

More than a decade has passed since the liberalization of telecommunications in the Netherlands. Nevertheless, the regulator is still mandating access to local access networks, and the incumbent and cable operators have been dragging their feet on upgrading their networks to fiber-based next generation networks. Is the gradual introduction of facilities-based competition, by fine-tuning access regulation, working as intended? What can one learn from the Dutch experience? As scale economies are persistent and broadband networks are becoming an integral part of our critical infrastructures, it is important to reassess the role of the government, on issues ranging from network neutrality to broadband penetration, universal service, and security. The outcome of such an assessment could be incongruent with the blueprint of competition held on to by policymakers and regulators.

Keywords: regulation, telecommunications, government policy w.r.t. technological change

JEL Classification: L51, L96, L98, O33

Suggested Citation

de Bijl, Paul W.J., Broadband Policy in the Light of the Dutch Experience with Telecommunications Liberalization (March 3, 2011). TILEC Discussion Paper No. 2011-015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1775790 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1775790

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