Competition Law and Regulation in European Telecommunications
Using numerous practical examples, this book examines the evolution of EC telecommunications law following the achievement of liberalization, the main policy goal of the 1990's. After reviewing the development of regulation in the run-up to liberalization, the author identifies the methods used to direct the liberalization process and tests their validity in the post-liberalization context. A critical analysis is made of the claim that competition law will offer sufficient means to regulate the sector in the future. Particular emphasis is given to the way in which EC Competition Law changed in the 1990's using the essential facilities doctrine, an expansive non-discrimination principle and the policing of cross-subsidization to tackle what were then thought of as regulatory matters. Also examined within the work is the procedural and institutional interplay between competition law and telecommunications regulation. In conclusion, Larouche explores the limits of competition law and puts forward a long-term case for sector-specific regulation, with a precise mandate to ensure that the telecommunications sector as a whole fulfills its role as a foundation for economic and social activity.
Publication Date: 5/24/2000