Broadband Uptake in OECD Countries: Policy Lessons from Comparative Statistical Analysis

26 Pages Posted: 10 May 2012

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Junghyun Kim

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Johannes M. Bauer

Michigan State University-Department of Media and Information

Steven S. Wildman

Quello Center; Michigan State University; University of Colorado at Boulder

Date Written: August 31, 2003

Abstract

Broadband diffusion varies widely among the OECD countries. In the practical policy discourse, it has been taken for granted that measures such as the stimulation of competition or unbundling can accelerate the uptake of broadband service. This paper attempts to investigate the influence of important economic and policy variables on the diffusion patterns of broadband. The limited availability of data forces us to use a cross-national sample. We find that the preparedness of a nation and the cost conditions of deploying advanced networks are the most consistent factors explaining broadband uptake. The price of broadband, the price of dial-up Internet access service, competition, and the relative income position are either less or not significant at all. The results are not very robust, which seems to indicate that the causation patterns are more complex than captured by our multiple regression models. This suggests that there is not one but possible several configurations of economic and policy variables that can support rapid broadband diffusion.

Suggested Citation

Kim, Junghyun and Bauer, Johannes M. and Wildman, Steven S., Broadband Uptake in OECD Countries: Policy Lessons from Comparative Statistical Analysis (August 31, 2003). TPRC 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2056038

Junghyun Kim (Contact Author)

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Johannes M. Bauer

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Steven S. Wildman

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Michigan State University ( email )

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