Are Government-Owned Networks Abusing Market Power in the Set-Top Box Market? A Review of Rates

Phoenix Center Perspectives 16-03

5 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2017

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George S. Ford

Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies

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Date Written: April 14, 2016

Abstract

In this perspective I have shown that the monthly prices of set-top boxes for municipally-owned and operated video systems are equal to those charged by private providers. Consequently, the claim that the prices charged by private providers for set-top boxes are “unjust”, “unjustifiable,” “hideously vexing,” an “abuse of market power,” and a “failure of competition,” must apply with equal force to the municipal systems leasing set-top boxes to video consumers.

Keywords: Set Top Box, Cable Television, FCC, Regulation, Section 629

JEL Classification: L96

Suggested Citation

Ford, George S., Are Government-Owned Networks Abusing Market Power in the Set-Top Box Market? A Review of Rates (April 14, 2016). Phoenix Center Perspectives 16-03 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2913137 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2913137

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