Evaluates whether governments should intervene in the market, to prevent the risk that consumers adopting new technology will make inefficient choices, forgo network effect benefits, and incur technology lock-in. Analyses the economic basis for the network effects assumption underlying technology lock-in. Discusses whether technology lock-in is unlikely because of: (1) consumer co-ordination; (2) the confinement of the phenomenon to particular network industries; and (3) the industry incentives to provide interoperability. Comments on the antitrust implications of technology lock-in.
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