Telecommunications Policy: Alliances, Interconnection, and Universal Service

Sanford V. Berg, Mark A. Jamison
1998 Social Science Research Network  
Any survey of such a dynamic industry as telecommunications is bound to be idiosyncratic-reflecting the particular tastes and interests of the reviewers. We do not apologize for selectivity, but wish to acknowledge that another team could review developments in telecommunicatipns /' policy and present a very different set of observations. We focus on global alliances, interconnection, and universal service. These three issues illustrate how basic industry conditions (mediated by regulatory
more » ... es) lead to market structures. Market structure, particularly the number of firms and entry conditions, influences corporate behavior. The resulting market performance is a key factor detc ining public policy initiatives. Legal changes, such as privatization or deregulation, create l1ew constraints and/or open up commercial opportunities. Since policy is endogenous, identifying the impacts of a particular policy on performance is difficult in practice.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.1549653 fatcat:6muaipdfobgslctoxdnlshnw2e