Standards trade and competition in the emerging global information infrastructure environment.

David, Paul A and Steinmueller, W Edward (1996) Standards trade and competition in the emerging global information infrastructure environment. Telecommunications Policy, 20 (10). pp. 817-830. ISSN 03085961

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Abstract

Decentralized construction of the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) is substituting market-driven, `de facto' standards and voluntary agreements on standards for technical compatibility, in place of the engineering decisions once made by public (and quasi-public) telecommunications network operators. Due to strategic economic behaviours on the part of private businesses and national governments, the goal of a fully interoperable GII remains elusive. The Internet does not offer an entirely credible alternative model, as the standards that have facilitated its explosive growth also are contributing to serious congestion problems, and the solutions proposed point to the Internet's re-integration into the public switched telecommunications network. Technical standards will shape the GII's implications for international trade and competition, and thus raise important, but inadequately recognized issues for regulation, competition and trade policy.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Ed Steinmueller
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:20
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 16:26
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25518
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