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Building Broadband Ahead of Digital Demand
November/December 2010 (vol. 30 no. 6)
pp. 6-8
Shane Greenstein, greenstein@kellogg.northwestern.edu

Many governments today, especially outside the US, are considering making large subsidies for broadband. Some governments, such as South Korea's, have already done so, making next-generation broadband widely available. In the US, debates about subsidizing broadband touch two sets of overlapping issues. One set considers the benefits and costs of building wire-line broadband in low-density areas. A second set considers stretching the frontier for broadband far beyond its present capabilities to enable next-generation Internet applications (typically video). Those favoring building ahead of demand are the most dissatisfied, as are those who want to subsidize rural broadband. This column considers the economic origins behind that dissatisfaction.

Index Terms:
next-generation Internet, broadband, rural broadband, wire-line broadband, subsidies
Citation:
Shane Greenstein, "Building Broadband Ahead of Digital Demand," IEEE Micro, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 6-8, Nov.-Dec. 2010, doi:10.1109/MM.2010.111
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