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Topical thoughts on the regulatory framework around mobile, television, telephony and the internet

Defining Digital Platforms: An Indirect Challenge

Is the Hypotehtical Monopolist Test fit for purpose to define digital platform markets? What can regulators learn from the economics of indirect constraints?

Ex ante regulation of digital platforms: Challenges for the three criteria test

Amid calls for regulation of digital platforms can the Three Criteria Test be used to indetify where ex ante regulation is relevant?

Finding Collective Dominance in an ex ante Environment

• Draft European Electronics Communications Code places more emphasis on collective dominance. • Ex post conditions well known, but how should an NRA find collective dominance ex ante? • Guidance is needed to ensure focus on structural market conditions

Competition Appeal Tribunal Judgement: How to Define a Market

How to define a market: Lessons from the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal

Brexit: It looks like a complete break

Britain looks to be heading for a "hard Brexit" and an interventionist industrial strategy. What will this mean for sector policy and regulation?

BT Separation: The end of a beautiful relationship?

Will Ofcom's proposal to establish Openreach as a legally separate subsidiary of BT achieve its goals of more investment in fibre?

Brexit: An opportunity to improve ex ante regulation?

The result of Britain’s referendum on EU membership provides an opportunity to consider whether ex ante market reviews are the best way to regulate the market or could they be improved upon?

Other Web Browsers are Available: The European Commission and Google

The European Commission has sent a Statement to Objections to Google about its behaviour in the smart device and browser markets. How much does this case resemble an earlier case against Microsoft and what other issues should the Commission consider?

Subsidising Universal Broadband may Harm not Benefit Consumers

Many entrepreneurial firms are offering broadband services in less economic, hard to reach areas. Against this background, is a Universal Service subsidy designed to correct a market failure really needed?

Does share of Spectrum Confer Market Power in Mobile Mergers

Merging mobile operators not only combine customers, they also combine spectrum. Does an increase in the share of this natural resource strengthen market power and how should it be treated by competition authorities?

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