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Competition Problems in Liberalized Telecommunications

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ISBN13: 9789041127365
Published: June 2008
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £144.00



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This innovative study of the role of competition law in the telecommunications industry starts from a classic perspective: While, in principle, regulation benefits social welfare and efficient allocation of resources, past regulatory experience shows that regulation can be flawed and lead to welfare harm rather than good.

In the telecommunications industry specifically, inappropriately designed sector-specific remedies and regulatory delays in the introduction of new telecommunications services can hold up the development of the market towards effective competition and could incur considerable welfare losses. In addition, conventional antitrust analysis still lags behind the dynamic nature of the electronic communications markets.

Milena Stoyanova sets out to establish a new understanding of the role of sector-specific regulation and competition law enforcement in the electronic communications sector, addressing such questions as the following:-

  • Why a new regulatory framework?
  • Are sectoral regulation and competition law enforcement mutually exclusive or complementary?
  • Why should electronic communications markets be regulated to conform to competition law principles?
  • What does competition law add to sector-specific regulation?
  • What is the relationship or proportion between regulation and competition law enforcement?
      An overview of the telecommunications liberalization process initiated at European Community level reveals such problems as a divergent approach of national regulatory authorities in the application of one and the same norms, inability of competition authorities to rightly assess the technicalities underlying a competition problem, and difficulty in carrying out a periodical oversight of compliance with the competition law remedies.

      The author discusses the legal basis and rationale for the application of the essential facility doctrine to the electronic communications sector, and argues for new regulatory responses to the emergence of collective dominant firms in an oligopolistic setting and to the potential of multifirm conduct to restrict competition through price squeezing and other tactics. The book concludes with a specific case study on the harmonisation of recent Bulgarian legislation with the European Community sector-specific and competition law regimes à propos the electronic communications sector.

      Effective competition in the electronic communications market is crucial for securing the dynamic role of the entire information and communications technologies sector, of which electronic communications form the largest segment. The sound and well-informed recommendations in this book ably address common and persistent problems, making Competition Problems in Liberalized Telecommunications a forward-looking mainstay for practitioners and other professionals involved in all aspects of the field.

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Subjects:
Competition Law, Information Technology Law
Contents:
Introduction.
1. The Over-Regulation Trend and Ways to Avoid It.
2. Relevance of the Essential Facility Doctrine as a Remedy of Anticompetitive Unilateral Refusal of Access.
3. Restrictions to Market Access and Refusal to Supply Resulting from Multifirm Conduct.
4. Prevention of Competition through Anticompetitive Pricing: The Price Squeeze Abuse.
5. Challenges Facing Regulation and Competition Law Enforcement in the Electronic Communications Sector in Bulgaria.
Final Conclusion.
Bibliography.

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The Role of Economic Analysis in EU Competition Law: The European School 4th ed ISBN 9789041162458
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Competition and State Aid: An Analysis of the EU Practice 2nd ed ISBN 9789041158185
Published July 2015
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Competition Law Enforcement and Compliance across the World: A Comparative Review ISBN 9789041158154
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The Substantive Appraisal of Joint Ventures Under the EU Merger Control Regime ISBN 9789041158161
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£96.00
EU Competition Law, Regulation and the Internet: The Case of Net Neutrality ISBN 9789041141408
Published November 2014
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£108.00
Standard Essential Patents and Competition Law: A Transatlantic Perspective ISBN 9789041149602
Published September 2014
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£96.00
Competition Law: Comparative Private Enforcement and Collective Redress Across the EU ISBN 9789041145598
Published March 2014
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£100.00
EU Competition Law: Between Public and Private Enforcement ISBN 9789041146779
Published December 2013
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£112.00
£116.00
Merger Decisions and the Rules of Procedure of the European Community Courts ISBN 9789041136718
Published December 2011
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£120.00
Antitrust Law in Brazil ISBN 9789041136701
Published December 2011
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£112.00
£92.00
Does EC Merger Control Discriminate Against Small Companies ? ISBN 9789041132611
Published July 2010
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£128.00
The Reform of EC Competition Law: New Challenges ISBN 9789041126924
Published December 2009
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£125.00
Civil Procedure in EU Competition Cases before the English and Dutch Courts ISBN 9789041131928
Published November 2009
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£126.00
An Institutional Assessment of Antitrust Policy: The Latin American Experience ISBN 9789041124784
Published May 2009
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£136.00
EC State Aid Law: Liber Amicorum in Honour Francisco Santaolalla ISBN 9789041127747
Published October 2008
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£144.00
Liner Shipping and EU Competition Law ISBN 9789041127174
Published May 2008
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£112.00
A Practical Guide to National Competition Rules Across Europe 2nd ed ISBN 9789041126078
Published November 2007
Kluwer Law International
£173.00
Tying and Bundling as A Leveraging Concern Under EC Competition Law ISBN 9789041125750
Published October 2007
Kluwer Law International
£113.00
Competition Law and Economics: Advances in Competition Policy and Antitrust Enforcement ISBN 9789041126320
Published September 2007
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£124.00
Directory of EC Case Law on Competition ISBN 9789041126566
Published August 2007
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£218.00
Effective Application of EU State Aid Procedures: The Role of National Law and Practice
Edited by: Paul F. Nemitz
ISBN 9789041126573
Published July 2007
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£124.00
Private Enforcement of EC Competition Law
Edited by: Jurgen Basedow
ISBN 9789041126139
Published March 2007
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£128.00
Competition Rules for the 21st Century: Principles from America's Experience 2nd ed ISBN 9789041124777
Published September 2006
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£161.00
A Concise Guide to the EU Anti-Dumping/ Anti-Subsidies Procedures ISBN 9789041124647
Published June 2006
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£100.00
The EC Merger Control Regulation: Rights of Defence ISBN 9789041125538
Published June 2006
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£121.00
Mergers and Acquisitions: The Industrial Organization Perspective ISBN 9789041124517
Published March 2006
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£85.00
Unfair Competition Law. European Union and Member States ISBN 9789041123299
Published February 2006
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£116.00
Economic Analysis of Vertical Agreements: A Self-Assessment ISBN 9789041123282
Published July 2005
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£100.00
US and EC Oligopoly Control ISBN 9789041122964
Published June 2004
Kluwer Law International
£116.00
Merger Control in Europe: EU Member States and Accession States 4th ed ISBN 9789041120564
Published January 2003
Kluwer Law International
£123.00
Limits and Control of Competition with a View to International Harmonization
Edited by: Jurgen Basedow
ISBN 9789041119674
Published November 2002
Kluwer Law International
£135.00
International and Comparative Competition Law and Policies ISBN 9789041116437
Published September 2001
Kluwer Law International
£106.00
US and EC Oligopoly Control 2nd ed ISBN 9789041125637

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