The Telecoms Trade War: The United States, the European Union and the World Trade Organisation

Autor Lawrence J Spiwak, Mark Naftel
en Limba Engleză Hardback – 15 ian 2001
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.
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ISBN-13: 9781841130149
ISBN-10: 1841130141
Pagini: 512
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 x 40 mm
Greutate: 0.89 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Hart Publishing
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom


The actions of many regulators and industry participants reveal a telecoms trade war that is close to spiraling out of hand. This review of US and European competition initiatives shows a cynicism towards consumer welfare that will be hard to remove.

Notă biografică

Mark Naftel is a telecommunications lawyer and Partner at Norton Rose Solicitors,London. He is also an Adjunct Fellow of the Phoenix Centre.Lawrence J Spiwak is the President of the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies in Washington, DC. He is an internationally recognized authority on the legal and economic issues affecting telecommunications.


PART I: ANALYTICAL AND LEGAL FRAMEWORKCHAPTER 1: Telecoms Policy for the New MillenniumCHAPTER 2: Why Restructure?CHAPTER 3: Analytical FrameworkCHAPTER 4: Evaluating Competition in a Post-WTO WorldCHAPTER 5: The WTO and the Reference Paper: An Ostensible Blueprint for EntryPART II: US EFFORTS TO PROMOTE TELECOMS COMPETITIONCHAPTER 6: From International Competitive Carrier Paradigm to Effective Competitive Opportunities: The FCC'sInternational Policies Pre-WTOCHAPTER 7: US Policies Post-WTO Part I-Benchmarks and Entry FeesCHAPTER 8: US Policies Post-WTO Part 2-The Naked Politicisation of the American Legal SystemCHAPTER 9: "Do As I Say, Not As I Do"-US Efforts at Promoting Local Telecoms CompetitionPART III: EUROPEAN EFFORTS TO PROMOTE TELECOMS COMPETITIONCHAPTER 10: EU Foundations, Institutions and PoliciesCHAPTER 11: Europe's First Steps Towards Telecoms CompetitionCHAPTER 12: Does the EU Regulatory Framework Work in the Market?CHAPTER 13: The EU Approach to the Internet and Data ProtectionCHAPTER 14: The EU's 1999 Telecommunications ReviewPART IV: CASE STUDIES IN REGULATORY CYNICISMCHAPTER 15: Case Study: Comparing the US and EU Approaches to Universal ServiceCHAPTER 16: Case Study: FCC's International Spectrum PoliciesCHAPTER 17: Case Study: International Submarine Cable Landing PetitionsCHAPTER 18: Case Study: International Mergers and Global AlliancesCHAPTER 19: Conclusion: O Shame! Where is Thy Blush?APPENDIX: The FCC's Competitive Carrier Paradigm


.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.
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.


This book provides a useful roadmap to today's US, EU and WTO telecoms regulation with various case studies to enhance understanding.