The Problem of Exclusive Arrangements in Multiple Dwelling Units: Unlocking Broadband Growth in Indonesia and the Global South

19 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2015 Last revised: 25 Jun 2016

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Patrick S. Ryan

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Interdisciplinary Center for Law and Information Technology (ICRI); Google Inc.; University of Colorado at Boulder, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program

Breanna Zwart

Google, Inc.

Richard S. Whitt

NetsEdge LLC

Marc Goldburg

Google, Inc.

Vinton G. Cerf

Google Inc.

Date Written: July 29, 2015

Abstract

One key area that continues to be problematic for entrepreneurial businesses that wish to serve the broadband market is the question of ensuring competition in multiple-dwelling units (MDUs) and private developments managed by a single landlord or entity. As is the case in Indonesia, many MDUs around the world enter into exclusive arrangements with a single Internet Service Provider, leaving consumers with no practical alternative for high-speed broadband connections. Our paper examines this phenomenon and addresses 10 myths that we have observed in the marketplace on the topic. We also look at how this area has been addressed by authorities in other countries, concluding with five specific recommendations for ways in which business, regulators, and consumers can work to improve local competition on a global scale.

Keywords: broadband, multiple dwelling units, internet, wireless, Indonesia, competition

JEL Classification: K23, L51, R52, L96

Suggested Citation

Ryan, Patrick S. and Zwart, Breanna and Whitt, Richard S. and Goldburg, Marc and Cerf, Vint G., The Problem of Exclusive Arrangements in Multiple Dwelling Units: Unlocking Broadband Growth in Indonesia and the Global South (July 29, 2015). International Journal of Business, Vol. 21, No. 3, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2637654

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