Hathaway-Zepeda, Taylor
October 2006
Harvard International Review;Fall2006, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p32
Academic Journal
The article discusses the reasons why only a small number of people in the developing world own cell phones despite its social benefits. The greatest hurdle to mobile integration is excessive regulation and taxation which makes cell phones more costly and less accessible to the population. The reason why the industry is heavily regulated is that governments in the developing world see it as a public utility with social benefits, thereby setting up regulatory safeguards to prevent private firms from gaining unfair advantages.


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