Harmonizing Unequal Telecom Regulations

Weingarten, Michael; Stuck, Bart
January 2005
Business Communications Review;Jan2005, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p16
Trade Publication
The article presents the authors' opinion on telecommunication regulations. As the national debate on unbundled network elements appears to be winding down, they propose harmonization across platforms and protocols as an important step in fostering free market competition. The proposal includes separation of all networks into physical telecommunications carriers, and layer 4-7 information services providers, who use the telecom carrier physical connection as the basis for providing a value-added service. Telecom carriers would be required to sell their services to third-party information service providers at the same rates that they charge their own information service providers. For telecom carriers, there would be no retail price regulations. Telecom carrier franchise fees negotiated on a town-by-town and case-by-case basis would be prohibited. The authors say that as the competition increasingly is going to come from cross-platform moves, asymmetrical regulation makes little sense, and will distort free market economics.


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