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description Journal article public Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology

The Necessity of Sector Specific Regulation in Electronic Communications Law

Antonios G. Broumas
Published 2009

Abstract

The model, which evolved in practice as the most appropriate for the regulation ofthe electronic communications sector, is based on the combination of sector specific regulation andcompetition law, put into effect by entities independent of states or market players. As manymarkets are evolving towards a state of effective competition, concerns are raised over whethersector-specific regulation is still necessary and whether general competition law could guaranteeeffective regulation of its own accord. This paper questions the capacity of generic competition lawto efficiently regulate the electronic communications sector and concludes instead in favour of thecontinuance of sector-specific regulation, oriented towards competition law principles, andindependent regulatory agencies.

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