Forward looking telecommunications cost models

  • Timothy J. Tardiff
Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy book series (TREP, volume 34)


William Sharkey’s paper provides a useful overview of the mechanics, processes, and environment in which cost studies are being performed in support of prices for unbundled network elements and determining universal service support. His discussion explicitly or implicitly raises several issues that go to the heart of the telecommunications industry’s regulation:
  • The enormous task regulators face in determining costs and setting prices

  • The importance of understanding the intent of regulatory actions and how outcomes can differ from the intended results

  • Whether the stated objectives can be obtained by prescribing outcomes or through a process that allows competition to produce its results.


Cost Model Real Option Competitive Local Exchange Carrier Local Exchange Carrier Investment Analyst 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy J. Tardiff
    • 1
  1. 1.National Energy Regulatory CommissionUSA

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