The Faster, the Better? The Impact of Internet Speed on Employment
20 Pages Posted: 2 May 2016 Last revised: 15 Aug 2016
Date Written: April 29, 2016
Does faster broadband generate more economic benefits than normal-speed broadband? This study examines the differential economic impacts of broadband of different speeds. Utilizing the broadband availability and speed data from the National Broadband Map, a first-differenced regression analysis was conducted to investigate if faster broadband more effectively boosts the employment. The analysis shows a positive relationship between broadband availability and county-level employment. However, compared to normal-speed broadband, faster broadband did not generate greater positive effects on employment.
Note: Supervised by Dr. Krishna Jayakar, Associate Professor, Penn State University
Keywords: Broadband, Connection Speed, Employment, Panel Data
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