Broadband and Contributions to Economic Growth: Lessons from the U.S. Experience

Telecommunications Policy, Vol. 33, No. 10-11, pp. 575-581

Posted: 29 Mar 2010

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Lynne Holt

University of Florida - Public Utility Research Center

Mark A Jamison

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration, Public Utility Research Center

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

The connection between broadband deployment and economic prosperity in the United States has garnered public attention due to stimulus plan funding authorized in February 2009 for broadband planning and deployment initiatives. The importance of innovation for a nation’s economic well-being is fairly well understood. The question with reference to broadband is: To what extent does the adoption of innovative broadband applications contribute to that growth? This article analyzes the connection between information and communications technologies and economic growth, as well as the connection between broadband and economic growth. There appears to be a positive economic impact from expanded broadband deployment and adoption. However, various research challenges including methodological problems and access to sufficiently granular data have prevented the authors from drawing more definitive conclusions from the U.S. broadband experience. Another finding is the time lag for businesses to effectively exploit innovative broadband applications.

Keywords: Broadband, communications, economic growth, Federal Communications Commission, global competitiveness

Suggested Citation

Holt, Lynne W. and Jamison, Mark A., Broadband and Contributions to Economic Growth: Lessons from the U.S. Experience (2009). Telecommunications Policy, Vol. 33, No. 10-11, pp. 575-581 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1578426

Lynne W. Holt

University of Florida - Public Utility Research Center ( email )

Gainesville, FL 32611
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Mark A. Jamison (Contact Author)

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration, Public Utility Research Center ( email )

PO Box 117142
Gainesville, FL 32611
United States
352-392-6148 (Phone)
352-392-7796 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://warrington.ufl.edu/purc/facultyinfo.asp?WEBID=1217

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