Monday, November 17, 2008
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
The Department of Justice has released a report, Voice, Video and Broadband: The Changing Competitive Landscape and Its Impact on Consumers, based on the November 2007 Telecom Symposium that the Division hosted.
As the executive summary concludes:
The report concludes with several proposals for further action:
- In assessing the legality of conduct in the telecommunications industry under the antitrust laws, the Department will continue to give particular attention to the effects of convergence and increasing substitution among services.
- To aid its ability to enforce the antitrust laws in the telecommunications industry efficiently and effectively, the Department will continue to monitor industry trends and developments. Because effective review requires reliable data, however, the Department recommends that regulators review and, where appropriate, improve the way they collect and report data to capture the effect of changes that are blurring lines between formerly distinct industry sectors.
- Increased efforts to obtain relevant data and further refine economic analysis would advance the Department’s ability to evaluate competitive conditions. Potential subjects of future study include review of the competitive implications of bundled pricing, substitution patterns, and quality-adjusted pricing trends.
In its role as advocate for sound competition policy, the Department will continue to seek the removal of regulatory barriers that unreasonably impede competition.