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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, January 23, 2006

VoIP in Canada

Marcel Boyer, University of Montreal, and Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organization (CIRANO) and Catherine Mercier, Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organization (CIRANO) have published CIRANO Scientific Series Working Paper No. 2005s-36, downloadable through SSRN. Here is the abstract.

The CRTC recently released Regulatory Framework for Voice Communication Services using Internet Protocol (Decision 2005-28), Telecom Decision CRTC 2005-28, setting out the details of the appropriate regulatory regime applicable to the provision of VoIP services. This commentary aims to comment on the CRTC decision: we present a brief overview of Decision 2005-28, we then consider the positions of incumbents and competitors, and finally we comment on the above interventions in light of the economic theory of regulation and the theory of strategic competition. We conclude that the predominant model underlying the positions not only of the CRTC but also of the parties involved, including the firms themselves, both the incumbents and the new entrants, and their respective business consultants, is rooted in an economic theory of a past forever foregone era.

The full working paper is available here.

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