Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog

Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Rhetoric Aside: What the Data Actually Say About Broadband Deployment

George S. Ford, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studiestells us Rhetoric Aside: What the Data Actually Say About Broadband Deployment.

ABSTRACT: In this PERSPECTIVE, I analyze the FCC’s Form 477 data from 2015 and 2016 to contribute to a more informed and less impassioned take on rural broadband deployment and single provider markets. Three empirical facts emerge. First, single-provider areas have the same prices as multiple-provider areas. Second, the deployment of cable broadband services between 2015 and 2016 is disproportionately focused on rural markets. Third, despite claims that the larger broadband providers seek to minimize competition between them, the vast majority of their service territories include another large provider of broadband.

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