Influences on the Partial Liberalization of Internet Service Provision in Ethiopia
31 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2012
Date Written: August 15, 2006
Ethiopia’s Internet service provision industry is at a critical juncture between deepening competitive reforms and continuation of the status quo in its chosen path of partial liberalization. This paper will show how the introduction of peripheral competition will likely not change the nature or quality of Internet service provision in Ethiopia. The institutional framework of the Internet Service Provision sector can be modeled as a continuum of willingness to accept competitive reforms among the various actors. While there is consensus for reform, views of further liberalization and the rate of expanding competitive provision of services vary along this continuum. We find that in accordance with their institutional powers and perceptions, the stakeholders with the most influence generated ISP reform with barriers to effective partial liberalization.
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