The Impact of Government-Owned Broadband Networks on Private Investment and Consumer Welfare
SGLF, April 2016
67 Pages Posted: 24 May 2017
Date Written: April 6, 2016
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
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