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NIQ

18.09.2019

Network Industries Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 3 – Digital Platforms – The New Network Industries? How to regulate them?

Digitalisation is transforming all industries, including the network industries. It is creating a new model of industrial organisation using online platform as intermediaries for multisided […] read more

Network Industries

CRNI

5.09.2019

CRNI Journal by Sage. Volume 20 Issue 3, September 2019 – Special Issue on Return of Politics into Regulation

The special issue of the “Competition and Regulation in Network Industries” (CRNI) by Sage on Return of Politics into Regulation is now available! Featured paper. […] read more

Network Industries

CRNI

5.09.2019

CRNI Journal by Sage. Volume 20 Issue 2, June 2019 – Special Issue on “The Reform of the Railway Sector”

The special issue of the “Competition and Regulation in Network Industries” (CRNI) by Sage on “The Reform of the Railway Sector” is now available! Featured […] read more

Network Industries

CRNI

5.09.2019

CRNI Journal by Sage. Volume 20 Issue 1, March 2019 – Special Issue on “Digitalisation”

The special issue of the “Competition and Regulation in Network Industries” (CRNI) by Sage on “Digitalisation” is now available! Featured paper Combating incumbency advantage of […] read more

Network Industries

CRNI

5.09.2019

CRNI Journal by Sage.Volume 19 Issue 3-4, September–December 2018

The new issue of the “Competition and Regulation in Network Industries” (CRNI) by Sage is now available! Featured paper Exploring the regulatory challenges of a […] read more

Network Industries

8th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures: Digital Platforms – The New Network Industries? How to regulate them?

On 20 – 21st June 2019 the Florence School of Regulation hosted its 8th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures, the annual event coordinated by FSR-Transport, […] read more

Network Industries

NIQ

7.06.2019

Network Industries Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 2-Current Issues in Turkish Network Industries

In Turkey, following the economic crisis in 2001, comprehensive market-based reforms were launched in several sectors, including the network industries, such as telecommunications, electricity, and […] read more

Network Industries

Pierpaolo Settembri, ‘If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere’ – Online platforms meet the European Union

The working paper ‘If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere’ – Online platforms meet the European Union‘ is authored by Pierpaolo Settembri […] read more

Network Industries

Andriychuk, O. “Fighting Fire with Fire. On the Role of Internet Service Providers in Restoring Competition in Online Platforms”

The paper “Fighting Fire with Fire. On the Role of Internet Service Providers in Restoring Competition in Online Platforms” (Andriychuk, O.) will be presented at the 8th Conference […] read more

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Network Industries Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 3 – Digital Platforms – The New Network Industries? How to regulate them?

- Network Industries

Digitalisation is transforming all industries, including the network industries. It is creating a new model of industrial organisation using online platform as intermediaries for multisided markets. As a matter of fact, digital platforms display all characteristics of the traditional network industries: network effects, efficiency, scale, concentration, market power, etc.

The involvement of online platforms in the network industries benefits consumers by fulfilling unmet needs, often efficiently and at low cost. Platforms do this partly by exploiting access to existing network infrastructures that are often vital for national economic growth and wellbeing. However, if online platforms are allowed to sideline traditional network operators, it may mean that vital investment in building and maintaining the infrastructures on which these markets are founded becomes unsustainable in the long-term.

Another pertinent issue concerns the regulatory approach to platforms, as the success of online platforms is achieved, in part, by exploiting regulatory environments that place incumbent firms at a disadvantage. There is a debate as to whether platforms should be subject to the same regulatory obligations as traditional network players, and whether platforms should have access to network services under regulated terms.

Following the 8th Conference on Regulation of Infrastructures, which took place on June 20 and 21, 2019 with a particular focus on the key challenges of digitalisation for traditional network industries in the transport, telecoms, water and energy sectors, four papers were selected for this publication due to their topical relevance.

This special issue opens with an introductory article by the Members of the Scientific Committee of the conference, Professors of the Florence School of Regulation, Montero and Finger, who consider digital platforms as the new network industries and explore the network effects created by platforms.

Fuentes et al. looks at the electricity sector, which is navigating major disruptions that are changing the regulatory and business landscape. The paper addresses whether these changes would help or hinder electrification, taking transportation as an example.

Becchis, Postiglione and Valerio examine how platforms are giving rise to a series of regulatory challenges, with a focus on their legal definition, labour-related issues in the digital sphere and the role of data between privacy protection and competition.

Knieps analyses the problem of division of labour among all-IP broadband network providers, virtual network service providers and platform operators concomitant with the implementation of adequate governance structures.

Ducuing analyses the phenomenon, when several (contemplated) data sharing legal regimes appear to essentially recognise and regulate data as an infrastructure, although without explicit reference to this notion. Her research is based on three cases, namely the Open Data and PSI Directive, the on-going institutional discussion on the governance of in-vehicle data and the freshly adopted regulation of data in the Electricity Directive.

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