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
Date Written: April 14, 2016
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
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