31st Annual PURC Conference: When is Competition the Regulator?
February 11 - 12, 2004
Gainesville, FL USA
Both competition and regulation can stimulate good performance in an industry. Past conferences have addressed innovation, technological convergence, organizational restructuring, and residual regulation all of which create citizen concerns about how oversight procedures address new developments. Today, technologies like voice over internet and distributed generation raise new public policy and managerial problems. So we return to a basic question: When is competition more effective than government intervention? The conference speakers addressed issues of market power, environmental impacts, service quality, and consumer protection.