|Some Reflections on Telecommunications Pricing Policy –With Comments on the Draft of “Communications Regulatory Act”|
|Ching-Teng Hsiao, Yao-Kuo Chiang|
|price control, pricing regulation, price cap, telecommunications, wholesale price control, retail price control, Communications Regulatory Act, Telecommunication Act, National Communications Commission, NCC|
|Price regulation in the telecommunications industry can be divided into two
categories－“wholesale price control” and “retail price control”. By wholesale
price control, it forces dominant telecommunications carriers to set a wholesale
price for providing telecommunications services to other telecommunications carriers.
Retail price control requires, where there is a monopoly or a lack of effective
competition in the market, certain telecommunications carriers to set reasonable
and affordable prices to their ultimate consumers.
In the light of the rising trend of convergence in communications sectors,
Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has finalized the draft of
“Communications Regulatory Act” in 2008. By looking upon the regulatory policy
and schemes of price regulation in the U.K. and U.S., the article offers some significant
reflections of price regulatory reform as well as some comments with respect
to pricing provisions in the new Draft.