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Digital platforms might well be the railways of the 21st century. They have become gateways through which consumers and businesses use the internet. They also serve as essential facilities for businesses wishing to partake in the digital economy. This article argues that the essential facilities doctrine may serve as a useful basis for tackling some of the competition concerns associated with digital platforms. Also, it may provide a valuable alternative to the regulation of the digital economy or to the break-up of large digital corporate conglomerates.

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