Ensuring efffective competition in rapidly evolving telecommunications markets

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    Abstract

    Telecommunications markets are characterised by constant and rapid technological change and evolution. It is now 10 years since the present telecommunication competition laws of Pts XIB and XIC of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) were introduced. During this time, there have been significant changes to networks, infrastructures and business operations. The issue of reform is however gaining the attention of law reformers. In 2005 the government released an issues paper on Telecommunications Competition Regulation. In 2003, the European Union introduced an innovative new framework for the regulation of all electronic communications. This article addresses the topic of the continuing effectiveness of Pts XIB and XIC, and considers the extent to which the government’s issues paper addresses the identified weaknesses of the present regulation. The article analyses the new European regulatory framework to ascertain whether the model is of assistance in designing an effective telecommunications competition regulatory framework for Australia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)27-41
    Number of pages15
    JournalTrade practices law journal
    Volume15
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Keywords

    • telecommunications
    • competition
    • evolving markets

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