Six Degrees of Separation Operational Separation as a Remedy in European Telecommunications Regulation

COMMUNICATIONS & STRATEGIES, No. 64, p. 89, 4th Quarter 2006

15 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2007  

Martin E. Cave

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School; Brunel University London

Abstract

Numerous proposals have been made for separation in the telecommunications sector, some of which have been implemented, including the break-up of the Bell system in the 1980s and the widespread implementation of accounting separation. In recent years, attention has been focussed on operational separation. This paper identifies the problem that this is intended to tackle, lists a number of possible variants and discusses experiences in the UK. Having specified the circumstances under which operational separation may be justified, it suggests how provisions for such separation could be made in European legislation.

Keywords: telecomunications, regulation, operational separation

JEL Classification: l96, l41, l43, l51, D43

Suggested Citation

Cave, Martin E., Six Degrees of Separation Operational Separation as a Remedy in European Telecommunications Regulation. COMMUNICATIONS & STRATEGIES, No. 64, p. 89, 4th Quarter 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=994798

Martin E. Cave (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

Centre for Management under Regulation (CMuR)
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Brunel University London

Kingston Lane
Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
United Kingdom

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