Influences on the Partial Liberalization of Internet Service Provision in Ethiopia

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Lynn Hartley

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael Murphree

University of South Carolina

Date Written: August 15, 2006

Abstract

Ethiopia’s Internet service provision industry is at a critical juncture between deepening competitive reforms and continuation of the status quo in its chosen path of partial liberalization. This paper will show how the introduction of peripheral competition will likely not change the nature or quality of Internet service provision in Ethiopia. The institutional framework of the Internet Service Provision sector can be modeled as a continuum of willingness to accept competitive reforms among the various actors. While there is consensus for reform, views of further liberalization and the rate of expanding competitive provision of services vary along this continuum. We find that in accordance with their institutional powers and perceptions, the stakeholders with the most influence generated ISP reform with barriers to effective partial liberalization.

Suggested Citation

Hartley, Lynn and Murphree, Michael, Influences on the Partial Liberalization of Internet Service Provision in Ethiopia (August 15, 2006). TPRC 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2118315

Lynn Hartley (Contact Author)

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Michael Murphree

University of South Carolina ( email )

United States

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