Broadband: Should We Regulate High-Speed Internet Access?

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Robert W. Crandall, James H. Alleman
Brookings Institution Press, May 13, 2004 - Law - 304 pages
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There is widespread concern in the telecommunications industry that public policy may be impeding the continued development of the Internet into a high-speed communications network. In the absence of ubiquitous, high-speed ¡°broadband¡± Internet connections for residential and small-business customers, the demand for IT equipment and new Internet service applications may stagnate. Broadband policy is controversial in large part because of the differences in the regulatory regimes faced by different types of carriers. Cable television companies face neither retail price regulation of their cable modem services nor any requirements to make their facilities available to competitors. Local telephone companies, on the other hand, face both retail price regulation for their DSL service and a requirement imposed by the 1996 Telecommunications Act that they ¡°unbundle¡± their network facilities and lease them to rivals. Finally, new entrants are largely unregulated, but many rely on facilities leased from the incumbent telephone companies at regulated rates to connect to their customers. This asymmetric regulation is the focus of this volume, in which telecommunications scholars address the public policy issues that have arisen over the deployment of new high-speed telecommunications services. Robert W. Crandall is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. His previous books include (with Martin Cave) Telecommunications Liberalization on Two Sides of the Atlantic (2001) and (with Leonard Waverman) Who Pays for Universal Service? (Brookings 2000). James H. Alleman is an associate professor in interdisciplinary telecommunications at the College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado, on leave at Columbia University.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Broadband Mysteries
9
The Demand for Bandwidth Evidence from the INDEX Project
39
The Demand for Broadband Access Content and the Value of Time
57
Wired HighSpeed Access
83
From 2G to 3G Wireless Competition from InternetRelated Services
106
InternetRelated Services The Results of Asymmetric Regulation
129
Competition and Regulation in Broadband Communications
157
Regulation and Vertical Integration in Broadband Access Supply
197
Broadband Deployment Is Policy in the Way?
223
The Financial Effects of Broadband Regulation
245
Subsidies the Value of Broadband and the Importance of Fixed Costs
278
The Benefits of Broadband and the Effect of Regulation
295
Contributors
331
Index
333
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Robert W. Crandall is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution, where his research has focused on telecommunications and cable television regulation, industrial organization and policy, and the changing regional structure of the U.S. economy. His previous books include Broadband: Should We Regulate Internet Access? (Brookings, 2002), Telecommunications Liberalization on Two Sides of the Atlantic (Brookings, 2001) and Who Pays for Universal Service? (Brookings, 2000). James H. Alleman is director of research at the Columbia Institute of Tele-Information, and a visiting associate professor in the Columbia Business School, on leave from the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Department at the College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado, Boulder.

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