Fiber to the People: The Development of the Ultra‐Broadband Network in Italy

24 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2016

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Carlo Cambini

Politecnico di Torino & EUI - Florence School of Regulation; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Michele Polo

Bocconi University - Department of Economics

Antonio Sassano

University of Rome I - Sapienza - Research Center of Cyber Intelligence and Information Security (CIS)

Date Written: February 16, 2016

Abstract

In this paper, we firstly revise the main technological solutions for ultra‐fast broadband connections and summarize the main economic literature (both theoretical and empirical) on the role of regulation to support infrastructure investment in broadband networks. We then move to the core of our analysis, that is to assess the relative positioning of the Italian market today in terms of deployment and penetration of broadband access, and then analyse the main relevant policy issues involved in the current Italian plans for broadband deployment. Our goal is to propose a policy framework for fostering the deployment of the Italian ultra‐fast broadband network and evaluate the Government master plan. The analysis will also give the opportunity to provide our contribution to the current debate and to suggest how industrial policies in a market‐oriented perspective should be re‐considered.

Keywords: Broadband network, regulation and investment, state aids

JEL Classification: L51, L52, L96

Suggested Citation

Cambini, Carlo and Polo, Michele and Sassano, Antonio, Fiber to the People: The Development of the Ultra‐Broadband Network in Italy (February 16, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2733131 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2733131

Carlo Cambini (Contact Author)

Politecnico di Torino & EUI - Florence School of Regulation ( email )

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European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

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Michele Polo

Bocconi University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Milan, 20136
Italy

Antonio Sassano

University of Rome I - Sapienza - Research Center of Cyber Intelligence and Information Security (CIS) ( email )

Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
Roma, Rome 00185
Italy

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