Regulatory Objectives for Contemporary Electronic Communications : Talking Business or Talking Culture?

Burri, Mira (7 July 2006). Regulatory Objectives for Contemporary Electronic Communications : Talking Business or Talking Culture? (NCCR Trade Working Paper 9). NCCR Trade Regulation

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The common mantra in telecommunications regulatory fora (be it national, regional or international) now goes along the lines of 'deregulation-good; regulation-bad' and competition is said to be the ultimate answer to basically every question. A generalised dictum like this is in itself suspicious and even more so, when it refers to a sector such as telecommunications, which has a history of heavy regulation and has been the very epitome of state intervention. In the contemporary environment of vibrant communications, subcribing to a purely 'black-or-white' aproach may be, to put it mildly, unsafe. Before answering the question of appropriate regulatory model for communications markets, it is essential to figure out what goals are to be pursued in order to consider what kind of measures could bring about their attainment. In the words of Robert Bork, 'only when the issue of goals has been settled is it possible to frame a coherent body of substantive rules'. Against this backdrop, the present paper looks into the goals and objectives of telecommunications regulation, their complexity and inherent tension between commercial and public interests.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > Institute of European and International Economic Law

UniBE Contributor:

Burri, Mira

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law

Series:

NCCR Trade Working Paper

Publisher:

NCCR Trade Regulation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Tihomira Burri

Date Deposited:

27 Aug 2014 16:33

Last Modified:

31 May 2017 10:58

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.51573

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/51573

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