Telecommunications-Specific Regulators & Competition Agencies: Their Institutional Setting in Spain, the UK and France

European Networks Law & Regulation Quarterly, Vol. 4, 243-256, 2015

14 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2015

Date Written: December 14, 2015

Abstract

Without effective institutional engineering, regulation and competition law substantive issues are doomed to failure. Thus, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of regulatory oversight and antitrust action to determine the most balanced interplay and roles for telecommunications-specific regulation and economic-wide competition law is mandatory for every policy-maker. To deal with this interplay, each State has determined its own institutional design and legal framework, influenced by its legal traditions and political context in the now liberalized market. Three approaches for the allocation of responsibilities can be derived from different experiences around the world. This article analyses the experiences of Spain, the UK and France, with the objective of inquiring into the trade-offs between each of these models through their concrete application and derive on some of the various factors policy-makers and government officials must bear in mind when planning the institutional regulatory and competition domestic governance.

Keywords: telecommunications, competition law, regulation, institutional engineering, telecommunications-specific regulation, sector-specific regulation, competition, competition governance

Suggested Citation

Szerman, Paloma, Telecommunications-Specific Regulators & Competition Agencies: Their Institutional Setting in Spain, the UK and France (December 14, 2015). European Networks Law & Regulation Quarterly, Vol. 4, 243-256, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2703665

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