The Reform of Network Industries
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The Reform of Network Industries

Evaluating Privatisation, Regulation and Liberalisation in the EU

Edited by Massimo Florio

Network industries such as electricity, gas, rail, local public transport, telecommunications and postal services are recognised by the EU as crucial for fostering European social and territorial cohesion. Providing an overview of key policy reforms in these industries and an empirical evaluation, this thought-provoking book offers a critical perspective on the functioning of the networks that provide vital services to EU citizens.
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Chapter 8: Telecommunications policies in Europe: past, present, future and impact on citizens

Serena Marianna Drufuca, Regina Maria Hirsch, Manto Lampropoulou and Rogelio Pesqueira Sánchez

Abstract

The telecommunications sector over the last decades has gone through a long reform process, which has introduced elements of competition in a market characterized by a natural monopoly configuration and State control due to its network structure. This chapter aims to give a snapshot of the reform paths at the EU level and the level of individual Member States. Similar to other sectors of general economic interest, the process of European integration has been a strong driver in these policy reforms. Despite cross-country differences, the privatization and liberalization processes have brought developments for the whole sector in terms of more consumer choice, lower prices and better quality of service.

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