The infrastructure dilemma : what happens when platforms and network industries collide?
Title: The infrastructure dilemma : what happens when platforms and network industries collide?
Series/Number: Network Industries Policy Briefs; 2018/01; [Florence School of Regulation]
External link: http://www.network-industries.org/2018/08/27/the-infrastructure-dilemma-what-happens-when-platforms-and-network-industries-collide/
In recent years online platforms such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook, have become significant players in a number of markets, from retail to entertainment. Now, often aided by a favorable regulatory environment, platforms are encroaching on network industries, such as communications, transportation and energy. However, in addition to offering consumers considerable benefits, the platforms may be undermining the financial model which ensures that the network infrastructure they use, and that benefits society generally, receives adequate investment in the future. In their research paper Platformed! Network Industries and the New Digital Paradigm academics Juan J. Montero and Matthias Finger, consider some of the issues raised by the involvement of online platforms in networked industries.
Type of Access: openAccess