Archived report. This report was archived in 2005 and has not been updated. Deregulation started with the divestiture of AT&T in the United States in the early eighties. Most of Europe did not follow until 1998. Deregulation led to unprecedented growth. However, competition has proved to be more difficult to implement than was envisaged. Next battlefield: broadband. Overlap between telecommunication regulation and content or broadcasting regulation. While the increase in regulators and legislative reform is certainly encouraging, new technologies and services are moving faster than the bodies that regulate them.
2. History and overview
2.1 Results of deregulation
3. Deregulation statistics
4. OECD: Competition Rules should be maintained
5. Deregulation pitfalls
5.1 Who will pay for the networks
5.2 Fierce opposition from the incumbents
5.3 Lack of government follow-up support
5.4 Problems extended to ISPs
6. Deregulation and convergence
6.1 The end of sector-specific regulations
6.2 Countries are changing over
7. Related reports
Exhibit 1 – Regulatory objectives US Federal Communications Commission
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