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Another new potential role for distribution companies is in the deployment of innovative technologies such as distributed storage, EV recharging infrastructure, and advanced metering infrastructure. In this case, the main question to be addressed by policy makers and regulators is whether these technologies should be considered as the distribution operator’s assets (and thus regulated as part of the system operator’s natural monopoly) or treated as assets to be delivered in a competitive fashion. The selection of one of these alternatives will be influenced by considerations of efficiency and economies of scope, market dominance, conflicts of interest, and existing unbundling rules.
What does it mean to be 'treated as assets to be delivered in a competitive fashion'? Like prone to be sold?