Regulation of network industries: between flexibility and stability.

Vol. 27 No. 2 (2007)

Apr-Jun / 2007
Published March 17, 2020
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How to Cite

Faraco, Alexandre Ditzel, and Diogo R. Coutinho. 2007. “Regulation of Network Industries: Between Flexibility and Stability.”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 27 (2):261-80.

Regulation of network industries: between flexibility and stability.

Alexandre Ditzel Faraco
doutor em direito pela USP e advogado
Diogo R. Coutinho
professor doutor da Faculdade de Direito da USP e pesquisador do Núcleo Direito e Democracia do CEBRAP
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 27 No. 2 (2007), Apr-Jun / 2007, Pages 261-280


This paper explores the problems of an unstable regulatory regime in network industries and addresses the tension between the necessary flexibility in the long-term regulatory commitment and the need for institutional stability. A draft statute that substantively changes the initial terms under which fixed telecommunications services have been transferred to private companies - currently under discussion in the Brazilian Congress - is presented as an example of that tension. Some alternative proposals to tackle with universal service challenges - the underlying problem behind the mentioned draft statute - are presented in the end.

JEL Classification: L5, L9, K2, K4.

Keywords: regulation regulatory commitment network industries telecommunications