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Network Industries. A New Series of Policy Briefs

We are happy to introduce a new series of quarterly Network Industries policy briefs. Their aim is to complement the quarterly issues of the NIQ, […] read more

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NIQ

18.09.2018

Network Industries Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 3 – New network structures: decentralization, prosumers and the role of online platforms

This issue of the Network Industries Quarterly looks into the major challenges infrastructure regulation is currently facing as a result of technology, indirect network effects, […] read more

Air

Publications

11.09.2018

New Working Paper: Can Regulation Improve Service Quality?

Under EU Air Passenger Rights legislation (“EC261”), carriers must provide assistance and cash compensation to passengers in case of long delay. This new EUI Working […] read more

Air

Publications

4.09.2018

Conclusions of the Seminar on European Regulation of Airport Charges, 28 May 2018

For the second time FSR Transport has brought together a round of experts to discuss the topic of Airport Charges Regulation, specifically a possible revision […] read more

Network Industries

Publications

24.07.2018

Publication of A New Working Paper- A Programme for the New Network Industries

Digitalisation is transforming network industries. The new data layer on top of infrastructures and transport services improves efficiency in the management of traditional networks. However, […] read more

Transport

Event Highlights

4.07.2018

The 7th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures- Interviews with the Authors of the Best Papers are available

The 7th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures took place in Florence on June 21st and June 22nd, 2018. The 7th edition of the conference aimed […] read more

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The Observer

2.07.2018

The Observer-Improving European Rail Freight

This Policy Brief reflects upon the discussions at the 16th Florence Rail Forum that took place in Florence on May 7th 2018. On the dedicated webpage, […] read more

Network Industries

NIQ

27.06.2018

Network Industries Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 2 – Regulation for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Under the terms of Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and Physical Internet as well as several others, many automatization and digitalization trends are on the […] read more

Transport

Transport News

25.06.2018

The 7th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures, 21-22 June, 2018

Last week participants from all over the world took part in the 7th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures. The 7th edition of the conference […] read more

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Network Industries Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 3 – New network structures: decentralization, prosumers and the role of online platforms

- Network Industries

This issue of the Network Industries Quarterly looks into the major challenges infrastructure regulation is currently facing as a result of technology, indirect network effects, newly emerging network structures, and new actors. The rapidly evolving Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have significantly challenged the traditionally stable landscape of infrastructure services provision. The new data layer over the traditional infrastructure and service layers is transforming network industries: online platforms create new indirect network effects, they allow new service providers to enter the market , and they challenge the central role of traditional infrastructure managers/service providers as entities ensuring the coordination of the sectors.

The de- and re-regulation of the different network industries is an on-going process at both the national and global levels. As this process unfolds, ever new phenomena emerge, necessitating a constant reassessment of the content and objectives of regulation.

Following the 7th Conference on Regulation of Infrastructures which took place on June 21 and 22, 2018 with a particular focus on the regulatory challenges facing network industries in the transport, telecoms, water and energy sectors, four papers were selected for this publication due to their topical relevance.

Frieden examines how Internet ventures operate as intermediaries serving both upstream sources of content and applications, as well as downstream consumers, and  considers how governments can respond to the onset of price and quality of service discrimination within the Internet ecosystem. 

Knieps looks at ICT innovations as the key drivers for a paradigm shift from traditional intramodal transportation markets to intermodal shared mobility markets. He identifies the changing necessities of regulations regarding market entry, public subsidies, and technical regulations, and presents the potentials of pilot projects, as well as the impact of shared mobility on congestion and pollution.

Rossotto et al. analyse the existing literature on digital platforms and distinguish four aspects, which policy makers should keep in mind, working on appropriate policy frameworks for digital platforms in emerging markets. These four aspects are:  definition of multisided-platforms; emerging business models; technology and behavioral enablers; platform competitive dynamics.

Finally,  Vanrykel, Ernst and Bourgeois look at the platform Share&Charge, and  present its functioning and potential, before assessing the tax treatment of operations involved in the use of the platform.

Download full pdf – Network Industries Quarterly – vol 20 – issue nr 3 – year 2018