Injecting Competition in Broadcasting through MCMO Regulations: Some Recommendations for Mexico

32 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2014

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Alexander Elbittar

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas; CIDE

Ernesto M. Flores-Roux

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)

Elisa V. Mariscal

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Economica (CIDE); Global Economics Group

Martin Cave

London School of Economics

Date Written: February 28, 2014

Abstract

The new telecommunications regulator in Mexico, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), recently issued a public consultation on its draft regulation for must carry and must offer (MCMO) conditions in the broadcasting sector. This, together with the recent Constitutional reforms on Telecommunications and Broadcasting, represents an unprecedented opportunity to instill the sector with much needed competition. The new regulatory effort in Mexico allows for a comparison of the current state of regulation relative to other economies. We take the cases of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the European Union (Ireland and the UK), India, Peru, and the US, as illustrative of the different factors that lead to the decision to design and apply MCMO regulation. We conclude with an attempt at deriving best practices in the application and enforcement of MCMO regulation worldwide that may be useful to consider in Mexico.

Keywords: competition, regulation, broadcasting, must-carry must-offer, Mexico

JEL Classification: L4, L51, L96, L98

Suggested Citation

Elbittar, Alexander and Flores-Roux, Ernesto M. and Mariscal, Elisa V. and Cave, Martin, Injecting Competition in Broadcasting through MCMO Regulations: Some Recommendations for Mexico (February 28, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2403048 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2403048

Alexander Elbittar

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas ( email )

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Mexico City, DF 01210
Mexico

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CIDE ( email )

Carretera México- Toluca 3655
Col. Lomas de Santa Fe
Mexico City, DF 01210
Mexico

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Ernesto M. Flores-Roux

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) ( email )

Carretera Mexico Toluca 3655
Col. Lomas de Santa Fe
Mexico City, Mexico 01210
Mexico

Elisa V. Mariscal (Contact Author)

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Economica (CIDE) ( email )

Mexico City
Mexico

Global Economics Group ( email )

1400 S. Dearborn, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60603
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.globaleconomicsgroup.com

Martin Cave

London School of Economics ( email )

United Kingdom
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