The Performance of Internet Service Provider (Isp) Markets of Australia and New Zealand David Boles de Boer, Christina Enright, Lewis Evans

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To cite this document: David Boles de Boer, Christina Enright, Lewis Evans, (2000),"The performance of Internet service provider (ISP) markets of Australia and New Zealand", info, Vol. 2 Iss: 5 pp. 487 - 495 Permanent link to this document: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14636690010801672 Downloaded on: 11-01-2013 Citations: This document has been cited by 1 other documents To copy this document: permissions@emeraldinsight.com This document has been downloaded 245 times since 2005. *

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An avowed reason for regulating access is to reduce bypass where it inefficiently duplicates infrastructure, and to promote entry in downstream markets. However, where competition is feasible, as it now is in much of the telecommunications network, some duplication bypass is efficient to establish competition between potential and actual facilities that flows through to increased usage and lower prices. This article shows that ISP final prices are lower, internet usage is higher, and number of ISPs per head of population is lower in New Zealand relative to Australia. It goes on to argue that ISPs pose competitive threats for telecommunications companies and that New Zealand’s open competition regime relative to Australia’s access regulation has predisposed it to more efficient facilities competition. The larger number of downstream entrants in Australia has not resulted in lower prices, and the number of ISPs in New Zealand is more than enough for vigorous competition in that market. The extent to which regulation can duplicate competition as well as reduce duplication is a critical issue in the optimal design of a regulatory structure is an important topic about which evidence is emerging in telecommunications.

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