‘Universal service and the liberalisation of network industries: what has experience taught us?’
February 20, 2014 Leave a comment
The CCP’s Spring seminar series continues on Friday 21st February with Antje Kreutzmann-Gallasch (CCP) and Michael Harker (CCP and UEA Law School) presenting their latest research entitled: ‘Universal service and the liberalisation of network industries: what has experience taught us?‘. An abstract for their seminar can be found below.
In this paper we build upon projects commissioned by CERRE and Ofcom on universal service obligations (USOs). We explain the concept of universal service, and how it is secured in EU law. We are concerned in particular with the tensions that exist between USOs and liberalisation in the network industries. One particular issue is the rules which exist for compensating firms charged with the delivery of universal service. While EU law allows for mechanisms which may introduce some element of competition in their delivery, in the vast majority of cases it is the incumbent who remains the USO provider. USOs may also distort incentives for investment in new infrastructure. While all member states want to achieve greater access to high speed broadband, as yet they have not been able to agree on using the existing EU framework, preferring instead to pursue policies independently at a national level.
The seminar will take place from 13:00-14:00 in the Thomas Paine Study Centre, Room 0.1.