Network Industries Quarterly, Vol. 18, No 3 – The challenges of digitalization and the use of data
The de- and re-regulation of the different network industries is an ongoing process at national and global levels. As this process unfolds, ever new phenomena emerge. Yet, the question about the right mixture between market, economic, technical and social regulation remains wide open in all the network industries.
Selected academics and practitioners have been invited to Florence on June 24th 2016 at the Annual Conference of the Florence School of Regulation to discuss the latest developments in the regulation of different network industries, namely transport, energy, telecoms and water distribution. The fifth edition of the Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures had a special focus on digitalization and the use of data, which is a topic that cuts across all network industries and is highly debated.
A key element of the Conference is the exchange between young researchers and experienced professors specialised in different fields. Building on the experience gained from the past editions, the ambition of this Conference is to stimulate interdisciplinary as well as cross-sectorial discussions on the regulatory challenges in the network industries. As the four sectors are not in the same stage of transformation and different countries are not in the same development phase, a big variety of different questions and different policy options have been discussed. However, the Conference also promoted cross-sectoral discussions and exchanges on the general issues pertaining to all sectors such as the complex interplay between sector specific and competition regulation.
10 papers have been presented in five round table sessions, each dedicated to one of the discussed industries. Moreover, all the research areas of the Florence School of Regulation (Communications and Media, Energy, Transport, and Water regulation) were present with a dedicated session, and they also all attended a joint session on cross-cutting issue. Some of the best papers presented at the 5th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures are presented in this issue of the Network Industries Quarterly.
Editors of this issue: Nadia Bert and David Kupfer | firstname.lastname@example.org
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