Broadband internet is one of the most important aspects of modern society. In a variety of ways, the internet makes nearly every part of our daily lives more efficient. There are currently a number of proposals being considered that would implement regulations on the broadband market. This paper employs economic theory to determine what the societal implications of regulating the broadband industry may be; furthermore, an empirical review, supported by an exploration of five relevant empirical studies leads to the conclusion that increased competition and government subsidies have the greatest potential to improve upon the current broadband market. The topics of; consumer price, employment, government revenue, next generation network (NG) availability, innovation, and consumer utility are each modeled and tested. There is however, significant room for future research in the US market.


Burnell, Barbara


Business Economics

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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