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The Broadband Problem : Anatomy of a Market Failure and a Policy Dilemma - Charles H. Ferguson

The Broadband Problem

Anatomy of a Market Failure and a Policy Dilemma

Paperback Published: 21st April 2004
ISBN: 9780815706458
Number Of Pages: 150

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As the Internet revolution continues to unfold and transform telecommunications, pressure is building for faster, less expensive, and more widely accessible broadband service. Such a development would facilitate improved and less expensive traditional applications such as voice telephony and web browsing. It would also enable new and useful applications such as Internet-based television, videoconferencing, and software distribution. Broadband has great potential to improve efficiency and productivity, even to improve national security in some cases. Broadband service and affordability, however, have consistently lagged well behind demand and progress in information technology, with damaging results. The Internet revolution remains incomplete and threatens to stagnate if the situation continues. In The Broadband Problem, economist and technology entrepreneur Charles H. Ferguson explains the causes and ramifications of this damaging bottleneck, and he offers suggestions on improving the current state of affairs. He asserts that current telecommunications law and policy have not provided sufficient levels of new entry, competition, and innovation in the local telecom market. The continuing dominance of ILECs (incumbent local exchange carriers) in that market impedes the healthy, and much-needed, development of an efficient broadband market. The result of these policy and market failures is inadequate technological progress, innovation, and productivity in advanced Internet services and telecommunication services generally. The broadband problem is holding us back, and thus must be addressed and solved. With this important volume, Charles Ferguson has contributed mightily to that mission.

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Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Telecommunications in the Internet Age: Very High Stakesp. 31
Technological Performancep. 57
Financial, Strategic, and Political Conduct of the ILECsp. 97
The ILECs' Competitorsp. 138
The Policy System and Alternatives in the United States: Causes and Implicationsp. 169
Policy Recommendationsp. 193
Notesp. 217
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780815706458
ISBN-10: 0815706456
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 150
Published: 21st April 2004
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36

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