TITLE

A New View Of The Infrastructure

AUTHOR(S)
Mercer, Robert
PUB. DATE
June 2004
SOURCE
Business Communications Review;Jun2004, Vol. 34 Issue 6, p38
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
M any participants in the telecommunications industry operate from the "one service, one network" mentality that holds if a provider has services to offer, it should build its own network to provide them. This view of the infrastructure distorts many business, regulatory and policy decisions. For instance, it places an undue emphasis on the creation of alternative local networks, otherwise known as facilities-based local competition. Another consequence is the failure of the incumbent local exchange carriers to understand the opportunity they have to promote the widespread use of their capital-intensive local exchange networks. Finally, would-be service providers are often characterized as parasites, rather than legitimate players who substantially enhance the value of the networks over which they offer their services. The "electronic marketplace" is the alternative to this distorted view. In this construct, the infrastructure exists so that multiple service providers can offer and distribute their applications or services. As a result, infrastructure providers derive revenues from multiple service providers, service competition flourishes, and society reaps the competitive benefits of lower prices, increased functionality, and higher technical and operational quality.
ACCESSION #
13409128

 

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