Reclassification and the Availability of 'Broadband' Service: A Counterfactual Check on Recent Claims
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies, 18-02
5 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2018
Date Written: April 19, 2018
Did the deployment of higher speed broadband slow after the Federal Communications Commission formally redefined broadband service as a Title II telecommunications service? Private interest groups favoring heavy regulation of the Internet say "no." Here, I construct such a counterfactual based on forecasts from an exponential decay function. My analysis reveals that the number of homes without 25/3 Mbps is above expectations following the 2015 Open Internet Order. During 2015 and 2016, we may reasonably attribute a lack of 25/3 Mbps broadband to approximately 6.5 million Americans to the 2015 Open Internet Order.
Keywords: Broadband, Net Neutrality, Reclassification, Title II, Telecommunications, Internet
JEL Classification: L96
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