Modularity, Vertical Integration, and Open Access Policies: Towards a Convergence of Antitrust and Regulation in the Internet Age

50 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2003  

Joseph Farrell

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics

Phil Weiser

University of Colorado Law School

Abstract

Antitrust law and telecommunications regulation have long adopted different stances on whether to mandate open access to information platforms. This article aims to help regulators and commentators incorporate both Chicago School and post-Chicago School arguments in evaluating this basic policy choice, suggesting how they can be integrated in an effective manner. In particular, the authors outline three alternative models that the FCC could adopt to guide its regulation of information platforms and facilitate a true convergence between antitrust and regulatory policy.

JEL Classification: L0, L1, L4, L5, O3

Suggested Citation

Farrell, Joseph and Weiser, Phil, Modularity, Vertical Integration, and Open Access Policies: Towards a Convergence of Antitrust and Regulation in the Internet Age. Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 17, No. 1, Fall 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=452220 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.452220

Joseph Farrell

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics ( email )

549 Evans Hall #3880
Berkeley, CA 94720-3880
United States
510-642-9854 (Phone)
510-642-6615 (Fax)

Phil Weiser (Contact Author)

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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