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Is the U.S. Government's Internet Policy Broken?: A Review of Captive Audience by Susan Crawford

24 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2013  

Robert W. Hahn

University of Oxford, Smith School; Georgetown University

Hal J. Singer

Economists Incorporated

Date Written: January 23, 2013

Abstract

Professor Susan Crawford has just published an exciting new book on the future of high-speed Internet access in America. To hear Crawford tell it in 270 pages (excluding the copious footnotes), Americans should be worried because most of them will not have access to the fastest lane on the information superhighway. Indeed, only the rich will likely purchase high-speed Internet access because it will be too expensive for the rest of us.

At the risk of oversimplifying, Crawford's argument can be summarized in three sentences. Americans need really fast Internet. The market has failed to supply this Internet. Government needs to introduce a "utility model," where high-speed fiber is made available to everyone at reasonable prices.

Keywords: Internet, monopoly, Susan Crawford

Suggested Citation

Hahn, Robert W. and Singer, Hal J., Is the U.S. Government's Internet Policy Broken?: A Review of Captive Audience by Susan Crawford (January 23, 2013). Georgetown McDonough School of Business Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2207029 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2207029

Robert W. Hahn

University of Oxford, Smith School ( email )

Oxford
United Kingdom

Georgetown University

Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
Washington, DC 20057
United States

Hal J. Singer (Contact Author)

Economists Incorporated ( email )

2121 K Street N.W.
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20037
United States
202-747-3520 (Phone)

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