05 July 2006

Antitrust and telecom regulation

Reuters is reporting that Google is indicating its willingness to use antitrust suits if "network neutrality" regulation doesn't exist. This alternative to regulation is one favored by some industry observers; it was the approached used by New Zealand when they deregulated in the 1980s and has been part of the telecommunications regulation landscape in the US since the 1960s.

Do you think this is a viable way to regulate? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using antitrust to regulate?

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