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How the government should promote high speed broadband in Britain

Ahlfeldt, Gabriel (2014) How the government should promote high speed broadband in Britain. British Politics and Policy at LSE (05 Aug 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Are publicly subsidised improvements in broadband infrastructure socially desirable? The answer depends on a consumer surplus exists – whether users derive a benefit from internet usage above and beyond what they pay to their internet service provider. New research by Gabriel Ahlfeldt and colleagues infers this surplus by observing property prices in areas with high internet speeds, finding that property prices increase on average by about 3 per cent when internet speed doubles. Their results argue for rolling out fibre broadband infrastructure in urban areas and less expensive fixed and mobile technologies in rural areas.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 14:34
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2017 14:34
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/74614

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