United States Demand for Internet Access

Review of Network Economics, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 228-247, September 2004

20 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2004

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Scott Savage

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics

Donald M. Waldman

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics

Abstract

This study uses survey data from 2003 to empirically assess United States residential demand for Internet access. Econometric results indicate that service reliability, speed, and the ability to share music and video files are highly valued Internet access attributes. The latter finding suggests commercial development of online file sharing services has potential to generate substantive network effects for access providers, hardware manufacturers, software and content providers. Legal and reimbursement issues need to be resolved between interested telecommunications parties and the entertainment industry to realize these gains in the future.

Keywords: Internet demand, file sharing

JEL Classification: L82, L50

Suggested Citation

Savage, Scott and Waldman, Donald M., United States Demand for Internet Access. Review of Network Economics, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 228-247, September 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=603162

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Donald M. Waldman

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics ( email )

Campus Box 256
Boulder, CO 80309-0256
United States
303-492-6781 (Phone)
303-492-8960 (Fax)

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