Conference paper

Market power in broadband

22 Aug 2008

This paper has been prepared as one of three for a conference session about market power in broadband telecommunications. The participants were asked to address the following questions:

• What, if any, are the sources of market power in broadband as new platforms are becoming available for broadband provision?

• How important is speed as an issue, especially in view of the comparison of wireless and wireline alternatives?

• Is the current legislation establishing the telecommunications access regime the right tool for dealing with market power in broadband?

The paper begins with some observations about the extreme focus on the speed of broadband services at the expense of a broader discussion of the nature of the services.

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