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A Strategic Guide on Two-Sided Markets Applied to the ISP Market

By Thomas Cortade


This paper looks at a new body of literature that deals with two-sided markets and focuses on the Internet Service Provider (ISP) segment. ISPs seem to act as a platform enabling transactions between web sites and end consumers. We propose a strategic guide for ISPs that covers features of two-sided markets such as strong externalities and discuss how these market characteristics can affect competition policy.

Topics: L51 - Economics of Regulation, L96 - Telecommunications, L86 - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
Year: 2006
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