Nationalisation, privatisation and regulation in the Australian broadband market

Troy Barry

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Abstract

This thesis examines Australian government regulation of broadband infrastructure in three main chapters. First, empirical evidence demonstrates price regulation is ineffective in the short run and damages investment in the long run. Then, the thesis considers the welfare effects of monopoly network access charges when downstream competition is imperfect. it shows the welfare maximising access price is often zero, and never positive. Finally, the thesis analyses the market's response to a monopoly network's quality surcharge, and finds retailers will offer only high quality products across a broad range of marker parameters. The theoretical outcomes are verified against recent Australian history.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date23 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

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Nationalization
Monopoly
Broadband
Privatization
Market response
Product quality
Access charge
Empirical evidence
Access price
Retailers
Short-run
Government regulation
Price regulation
Damage
Welfare effects
Network access

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