Telecommunications operators face disincentives and impediments to entering into sharing arrangements with infrastructure owners. These disincentives and impediments often reflect the impact of the institutional restraints and shortcomings of infrastructure owners in pursuing sharing opportunities. They can also be exacerbated by the unfamiliarity of telecommunications operators with the regulated utility culture.
This module identifies and discusses five common disincentives and impediments that telecommunications operators might face:
- No clear path of engagement with infrastructure owners. Telecommunications operators who have attempted to initiate a dialogue about sharing opportunities often report frustration due to lack of a clear path of engagement with the infrastructure owner.
- Limitations on infrastructure owner’s land use rights. Insufficiency of a utility’s land use rights to cover the access seeker, and the sometimes greater difficulty a telecommunications operator has in perfecting rights outside of road reserves, presents a threshold challenge to deploying telecommunications networks along with other lateral corridors.
- Reliability of the operation and maintenance of the infrastructure. Telecommunications operators require a high standard of reliability for wholesale infrastructure and services that are key inputs to their retail services.
References and Resources:
1. In Cascade Corporation v. Sprint Communications (2012), No. 2:11-cv-125-JAW, Court’s Report of Telephone Conference. http://www.med.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Torresen/2012/NT_02152012_2_11cv125_Cascade_v_Sprint.pdf (last visited 11 Feb 2017)