Antitrust in the International Telecommunications Sector: The United States Challenges Mexico’s Telmex Monopoly

Posted: 8 Apr 2011  

Luz Estella Nagle

Stetson University - College of Law

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

Mexico’s telecommunications sector mirrors other industries in Mexico that have long been subject monopolistic business practices. Telmex, Mexico’s telecommunications monopoly benefited heavily from political corruption and back-room alliances during the rapid growth of the telecom sector in the 1990s. The Mexican government effectively hindered foreign competition from challenging Telmex’s control of incoming and outgoing communications apparatus and transmission lines, which prompted the United States Trade Representative to file a formal complaint before World Trade Organization to force Mexico to open its telecommunications markets to foreign investment and foreign competition. This article examines the United States dispute against Telmex and the international trade agreements that govern the business relationships between multinational corporations, the state, and consumers.

Keywords: Mexico, telecommunications, monopoly, Telmex, World Trade Organization, United States Trade Representative, foreign investment, foreign competition, multinational corporations

JEL Classification: F23, K21, K30, K33

Suggested Citation

Nagle, Luz Estella, Antitrust in the International Telecommunications Sector: The United States Challenges Mexico’s Telmex Monopoly (2002). University of Miami Inter-American Law Review, Vol. 33, Nos. 2&3, 2002; Stetson University College of Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1804284

Luz Estella Nagle (Contact Author)

Stetson University - College of Law ( email )

1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707
United States

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