24 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2013
Date Written: January 23, 2013
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: 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