How Expensive Are U.S. Broadband and Wireless Services?

10 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2021

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Thomas Philippon

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: April 29, 2021

Abstract

A conventional wisdom holds that competition for broadband and wireless services has declined in the United States over the past 20 years. This note provides an updated comparison of the US with other rich countries, focusing on prices, speed, and investment. Contrary to some recent commentaries, it finds that the conventional wisdom is largely correct and that American consumers pay more than consumers in other industrialized nations.

Keywords: Telecommunication, Competition, Consumer Welfare

JEL Classification: D42, D43

Suggested Citation

Philippon, Thomas, How Expensive Are U.S. Broadband and Wireless Services? (April 29, 2021). NYU Stern School of Business Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3836281 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3836281

Thomas Philippon (Contact Author)

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance ( email )

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