Regulating Duct Access in Europe: Lessons from the U.S. Regulatory Framework

Aside from Portugal, which has regulated access to the incumbent's ducts since 2004, most European countries are only now examining duct access as a potential new SMP remedy to help regulate next generation access (NGA) networks. Is duct access a "silver bullet" in terms of regulating NGA? Certainly not. Duct access represents the next-to-highest step on the NGA ladder of investment, and will be not be an economically viable entry strategy for competitors in most situations.

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