Regulation Good for Telecom Customers?

5 Dec ’05

Someone has recently slashdotted a European study that apparently concluded:

[I]n countries where regulators had more power to levy fines and punish monopolistic behavior, customers paid less and got more services. … The report, conducted by Jones Day and Strategy and Policy Consultants Network Ltd., showed that investment in telecommunications, which leads to better services for end users, is lower in countries where there is little competition.

I’m left wondering on behalf of what interest or industry group the report was commissioned, but this is an interesting finding from the perspective of a Canadian consumer broadband market that is decidely under-competitive. Something to keep in mind as the CRTC considers how to regulate VoIP and as Canadian providers presumably start trying to migrate away from network neutrality.

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