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Kjell A. Eliassen & Marit S. Marino

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Chapter 5: Telecommunications Policy: Interest Convergence and Globalization

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Telecommunications Policy: Interest Convergence and Globalization
Telecommunications policy: Interest convergence and globalization
Kjell A.Eliassen and Marit S.Marino
Introduction

In contrast to the sector of rail and transport the telecommunication sector is characterized by a high degree of success. A powerful Pan-European supranational regime has been established despite strong and diverse traditional models. This chapter discusses why this has been possible within a relatively short time and with little conflict. We will also discuss what effects the new regime has on industry structure. The telecommunications sector is on the one side a highly technical sector, with significant importance for general economic development and for research and development in advanced technologies. On the other side, it has traditionally been a highly politicized sector, where the nation-states claimed total sovereignty until ...

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