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Open Competition

Competition rules address issues of market power, whether through the prohibition of abuse of dominant positions by firms, or through the rules that control anti-competitive agreements and cartels. The ICT sector has historically been an area where these rules have been applied proactively by the authorities to open up the market, whether in access to telecommunications infrastructures or access to the facilities and operating systems of computer companies.

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Wednesday
Jun092010

Accessing Market Power in the ICT Industry - OCA White Paper

The Department of Justice has recently commenced an enquiry into the assessment of market power under its 1992 anti-trust guidelines. The European Commission has also recently conducted a review of best practice and looked carefully at its processes.

In this white paper, we provide some practical suggestions on the issues that arise in assessing market power in the ICT industry, and how they can be addressed.

Click here to read the white paper.

Wednesday
May052010

EC Consultation on Horizontal Agreements

The EC is currently conducting a consultation seeking input from stakeholders on the revised drafts of the Specialisation and Research & Development Block Exemption Regulations and the Horizontal Guidelines. This forms part of the ongoing public consultation on the review of the European Standardisation System. The OCA's initial views are that the guidelines will be very valuable and useful in advising on the application of the Competition rules.

Click here for EC Press Release.

Click here for the Consultation Page.

Click here for the Draft R&D Block Exemption Regulation

Click here for the Draft Specialisation Block Exemption Regulation

Click here for the Draft Horizontal Guidelines

Tuesday
Apr202010

EC adopts revised competition rules for vertical agreements

The European Commission adopted a Regulation block exempting agreements between manufacturers and distributors for the sale of products and services. The Regulation and accompanying Guidelines take into account the development, in the last 10 years, of the Internet as a force for online sales and for cross-border commerce, something that the Commission wants to promote as it increases consumer choice and price competition. The basic principle remains that companies are free to decide how their products are distributed, provided their agreements do not contain price-fixing or other hardcore restrictions, and both manufacturer and distributor do not have more than a 30% market share. Approved distributors are free to sell on the Internet without limitation on quantities, customers' location and restrictions on prices.  The key documents can be found here:

Click here for the Commission Regulation on the application of Article 101(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to categories of vertical agreements and concerted practices.

Click here for the Guidelines on Vertical Agreements.

Click here for the Press Release.

Click here for FAQs.

Wednesday
Apr072010

FCC official says Comcast ruling may impact broadband plan

A top Federal Communications Commission official acknowledged on Wednesday that the Obama administration's ambitious plan to expand broadband access could be impacted by a court ruling that limited the agency's authority to regulate operations of network providers.

Click here to read the news from Reuters.

Monday
Mar292010

Choice and Competition in Public Services – A guide for policy makers

This report was prepared for the OFT by Frontier Economics.  It does not aim to comment on whether particular decisions to open up public service markets have been right or wrong, or provide a critique of government policies to date. Instead, the key aim is to identify general lessons that can be learnt from the experience so far. Drawing on these it then provides a framework for policy makers to help identify critical success factors when designing market mechanisms in public services.

Click here to read the report.