Case Study 2012

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Privatization of Telecommunications in Guatemala

A Tale Worth Telling

Why Study the Guatemalan Telecom Reform?

In 1996, Guatemala adopted one of the most pro-competitive, market-liberal telecom laws in the world, granting property rights to spectrum and opening the market fully to competition.

Critics said that such a radical approach to reform would cause “chaos” in the market. It didn’t happen. Rather, competition surged, prices plunged, and consumers benefited.

This case study tells the story of how this reform came about in the face of serious doubt and significant opposition.

About the authors

Wayne Leighton is professor of economics at UFM and executive director of the Antigua Forum. He previously spent ten years in senior advisory positions at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Wayne is co-author, with Edward J. López, of Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers: The Economic Engine of Political Change.

Carlos Sabino is professor of sociology and history at UFM, and he has spent decades researching economic and political issues in Latin America. Among Carlos's acclaimed books are The Failure of Interventionism; Building Consensus for a Free Venezuela; and a two-part study of Guatemala’s civil war, Guatemala: The Silenced History.


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