CONFERENCE - MEDIA - CULTURE - DIGITAL CONVERGENCE - RISK OF FORECLOSURE - COMPETITION POLICY - SECTORIAL REGULATION

Digital convergence and risks of market foreclosure: Which roles for competition policy and sectorial regulation? (Media-culture & digital: New competition issues (s) - Paris, 8 Feb. 2011)

Digital convergence tends to redefine positions and competitive power in related industries. Inducing new entrances as well as new products and services, this phenomenon seems particularly likely to undermine existing dominant positions. At the opposite, digital convergence could also favor foreclosure strategies. As a key example of such conduct, exclusivity clauses on premium contents could lead to the preemption of emerging related markets. This paper investigates the different possibilities of intervention aiming at preventing such anticompetitive dynamic. It shows that competition authorities are able to prevent these kinds of risks, whether through interim measures or via commitment procedures.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Culture-media & digital: new competition issues Digital convergence and the risks of market foreclosure: How should the roles of competition policy and sectoral regulation be shared? 1. Digital convergence is redefining the traditional boundaries between telecommunications and audiovisual markets, challenging the relevant markets usually defined by competition authorities. It creates linkages between the upstream and downstream segments, thus creating complementarities between goods and services originally belonging to separate markets. It promotes the introduction of new goods and services, allows new entry and, by increasing the diversity of choice

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  • Côte d’Azur University, GREDEG (Nice)

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Frédéric Marty, Digital convergence and risks of market foreclosure: Which roles for competition policy and sectorial regulation? (Media-culture & digital: New competition issues (s) - Paris, 8 Feb. 2011), September 2011, Concurrences N° 3-2011, Art. N° 37286, www.concurrences.com

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