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The Telecoms Trade War

The United States, the European Union and the World Trade Organisation

By: Mark Naftel, Lawrence J Spiwak
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Published: 15-01-2001
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 512
ISBN: 9781841130149
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £130.00
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About The Telecoms Trade War

If one were to believe the politicians and pundits in the trade press,the world is in midst of a “telecoms revolution,” resulting from (the) deregulation and new competitive opportunities represented by the 1997 World Trade Organisation Agreement on Basic Telecommunications Services. This may be true. Unfortunately, however, the actions of many regulators and industry participants more accurately reveal not a telecoms “revolution” but instead a growing telecoms trade war that is dangerously close to spiralling out of hand. In this book, Naftel and Spiwak review U.S. and European competition and regulatory initiatives post-WTO and provide both a useful roadmap to today's U.S., EU and WTO telecoms regulation and an examination of various case studies to illustrate their points. In so doing, the authors discover unfortunately the sad reality that, despite the political rhetoric, regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have eschewed innovative and indeed productive solutions to create a market structure conducive to long-term competitive rivalry. Instead, the authors demonstrate that current policies reveal a growing cynicism towards the maximisation of consumer welfare that will be difficult - if not outright impossible- to remove.

Table Of Contents

PART I: ANALYTICAL AND LEGAL FRAMEWORK
CHAPTER 1: Telecoms Policy for the New Millennium
CHAPTER 2: Why Restructure?
CHAPTER 3: Analytical Framework
CHAPTER 4: Evaluating Competition in a Post-WTO World
CHAPTER 5: The WTO and the Reference Paper: An Ostensible Blueprint for Entry

PART II: US EFFORTS TO PROMOTE TELECOMS COMPETITION
CHAPTER 6: From International Competitive Carrier Paradigm to Effective Competitive Opportunities: The FCC's
International Policies Pre-WTO
CHAPTER 7: US Policies Post-WTO Part I-Benchmarks and Entry Fees
CHAPTER 8: US Policies Post-WTO Part 2-The Naked Politicisation of the American Legal System
CHAPTER 9: “Do As I Say, Not As I Do”-US Efforts at Promoting Local Telecoms Competition


PART III: EUROPEAN EFFORTS TO PROMOTE TELECOMS COMPETITION
CHAPTER 10: EU Foundations, Institutions and Policies
CHAPTER 11: Europe's First Steps Towards Telecoms Competition
CHAPTER 12: Does the EU Regulatory Framework Work in the Market?
CHAPTER 13: The EU Approach to the Internet and Data Protection
CHAPTER 14: The EU's 1999 Telecommunications Review

PART IV: CASE STUDIES IN REGULATORY CYNICISM
CHAPTER 15: Case Study: Comparing the US and EU Approaches to Universal Service
CHAPTER 16: Case Study: FCC's International Spectrum Policies
CHAPTER 17: Case Study: International Submarine Cable Landing Petitions
CHAPTER 18: Case Study: International Mergers and Global Alliances
CHAPTER 19: Conclusion: O Shame! Where is Thy Blush?

APPENDIX: The FCC's Competitive Carrier Paradigm

Reviews

“…they convincingly show that the growing telecoms trade war is to be taken seriously. the book is to be recommended to everyone with an interest in the field.” –  Wilfred A M Steenbruggen, Digital Technology Law Journal

The Telecoms Trade War is a welcome addition to the telecom literature, if for no other reason than it challenges the conventional wisdom with evidence and analysis that go substantially deeper than the mantra recitations that have come to dominate both policy analysis and academic research on liberalization.This is the first detailed study in the modern era of telecom reform focusing on regulatory capture for the primary purpose of assisting dominant home operators in international and foreign markets.” –  William H. Melody, TelecomReform

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