Pricing policies and community service obligation costing in the Australian telecommunications industry

Evans, Graham William. (1994). Pricing policies and community service obligation costing in the Australian telecommunications industry Honours Thesis, School of Economics, University of Queensland.

       
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Author Evans, Graham William.
Thesis Title Pricing policies and community service obligation costing in the Australian telecommunications industry
School, Centre or Institute School of Economics
Institution University of Queensland
Publication date 1994
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Total pages 102
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract
An example often used to illustrate the case of natural monopoly is the telecommunications industry. In Australia, this 'problem' is solved by government ownership of that industry, or public enterprise. Pricing policies in public enterprises have long been the centre of much debate in economic theory, and this thesis examines some of the many propositions that have been forwarded, accompanied by a critique of each. Community service obligations (CSOs) are of particular interest to the telecommunications industry. From an economic point of view, this is most notably so due to the incredible complexity and disagreement surrounding methods used to cost CSOs. The latter part of this thesis aims to present two of these techniques in such a way as to clarify some of the controversy associated with costing CSOs. These topics are of especial importance in the light of the recent introduction of a second carrier to the Australian telecommunications industry. This thesis concludes that controversy and disagreement will always surround these areas of theory, and that there should be an industry 'standard' set by which others can adhere to. Further areas for research are also suggested.

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