Competition, cross-subsidies, and residential telephone access
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Competition, cross-subsidies, and residential telephone access by Leland L. Johnson

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Published by Rand Corp. in Santa Monica, Calif .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Telephone -- United States -- Rates.

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Edition Notes

StatementLeland L. Johnson.
ContributionsRand Corporation.
The Physical Object
Pagination13 p. ;
Number of Pages13
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22395690M

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Downloadable (with restrictions)! Recent regulatory and technological changes suggest that the local telecommunications market may soon present opportunities for profitable entry. Bypass activity by businesses, combined with the generally higher business rates, suggests that business-service revenues may be subsidizing residential access to the local network.   The United Kingdom has long recognised the need for an active competition policy. The roots of modern competition policy can be traced back to the formation of the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices Commission in , and the main features of current legislation and .   In virtually every country, the price of residential access to the telephone network is kept low and cross-subsidized by business services, long distance calling, and various other telephone services. This pricing practice is widely defended as necessary to promote "universal service," but Pages: tion because competition drives the above-cost rates toward cost, thereby depriving regulators of the sources of funds for such subsidies. The U.S. airline regulator, the Civil Aeronautics Board, began to purge the regu- lated rate structure of these cross-subsidies almost a decade before deregu- lation.

Once access reform has brought down access prices to cost, and competition in local service has been well established, universal service will be supported by a new fund to be created. In the implementation of the Act, local competition and access reform should be preconditions to establishing a new universal service fund for large ILECs. The Korean telecommunications industry In addition to this implementation problem, no carriers are expected to equate the prices of final product services to the corresponding costs since no fully competitive environment is established in the final product markets, even if they can purchase the intermediate input - the access service - at its by: 4. “Monthly residential revenue per residential customer is calculated as total residential video, Internet and voice annual revenue divided by twelve divided by average residential customer relationships during the respective year.” NOTE: Thus, there is an additional $$ a month that may also need to be eliminated. Charter never. As Congress correctly recognized, a precondition for competition was that prices reflect the actual costs of providing services, and thus that any cross-subsidies be made explicit. One phenomenon the Telecommunications Act could not and did not anticipate was the explosive growth of the Internet and its impact on the telecommunications network.

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