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The impact of competition on universal service in Korea : A case study

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  • The impact of competition on universal service in Korea
  • Kim, Sung Wook; Jayakar, Krishna P
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication


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Title The impact of competition on universal service in Korea
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A case study

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Kim, Sung Wook; Jayakar, Krishna P

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[Columbia]:Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Date 2010-03
Pages 33
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Original Format pdf
Subject Industry and Technology < Science/Technology
Holding The Pennsylvania State University

Abstract

A substantial body of theoretical and case study literature exists about the relationship between competition and universal service in developing countries. On the one hand, many scholars have argued that state-owned monopolies in developing countries are not able to mobilize the capital needed for network expansion: the resulting unmet demand for services becomes a motivator for liberalization. On the other hand, the introduction of competition jeopardizes the internal and external subsidies through which the state-owned monopoly kept subscription rates low: the heightened concern about loss of subscribership incentivizes the creation of explicit universal service statutes and funding mechanisms concurrently with or soon after competition is introduced. We show in this case study that universal service in Korea had a unique evolutionary path, which did not conform to either of these expectations. (The rest omitted)