Innovation, Investment, and Competition in Broadband and the Impact on America's Digital Economy

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Roslyn Layton

Aalborg University, Center for Communication, Media and Information Studies

Michael Horney

Independent

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Date Written: 08/12/2014

Abstract

In recent years various media have claimed that America is falling behind in high-speed broadband Internet, that Americans pay more for broadband of lower quality than people in other countries, and that American broadband providers don't compete, innovate, or invest. The EU, Japan, and South Korea, not the United States, are said to be leading in these areas. This paper investigates a variety of datasets to see whether there is evidence for these claims. The paper demonstrates not only that the United States performs well on many broadband measures, but that claims about the United States falling behind are inconsistent with American leadership in the digital economy where broadband networks are an essential, though not the only, input. Based on these conclusions, the paper provides policy analysis on broadband network deployment and suggestions on adoption, the arguably more important?but frequently overlooked?component of broadband.

Suggested Citation

Layton, Roslyn and Horney, Michael, Innovation, Investment, and Competition in Broadband and the Impact on America's Digital Economy (08/12/2014). MERCATUS WORKING PAPER. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3191366 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3191366

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