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The Impact of Government-Owned Broadband Networks on Private Investment and Consumer Welfare

SGLF, April 2016

67 Pages Posted: 24 May 2017  

George S. Ford

Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies

Date Written: April 6, 2016

Abstract

While the debate over government-owned networks is heated, what is lacking is a cohesive economic analysis of the phenomenon. This study attempts to fill that gap by breaking the issue down to its fundamentals by using standard economic concepts and the available evidence. The purpose of this study is neither to encourage nor disparage municipal broadband as a policy option, but rather to provide an economic framework that aids in understanding what municipal broadband is and what it is not; and how one might reasonably support it or how one might reasonably reject it.

Keywords: Municipal Broadband, Broadband, Government Owned Networks, Fiber Optics, FTTH, FCC, Preemption

JEL Classification: L96, L98

Suggested Citation

Ford, George S., The Impact of Government-Owned Broadband Networks on Private Investment and Consumer Welfare (April 6, 2016). SGLF, April 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2973274

George S. Ford (Contact Author)

Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies ( email )

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Washington, DC 20015
United States

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