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This article examines how regulation and competition law have been deployed to control the firms operating in the telecommunications sector, and how, in particular, regulation has been designed, particularly in the European Union, in such a way that it can be withdrawn in favour of the more widespread application of competition law. Examples are electricity generation, sewage treatment, long distance telecommunications services, and retailing. The question arises as to when traditional price regulation can give way to reliance on competition law. The trend in many countries, and especially in telecommunications in Europe, has been to move to ‘deregulate’ in this way. This article examines how such decisions are made and how well competition law works in such contexts.
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