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Broadband Internet access, awareness, and use: Analysis of United States household data

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  • Savage, Scott J.
  • Waldman, Donald

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Data obtained from a nationwide survey of US residences during September and October 2002 are used to investigate household awareness of high-speed Internet access, profile Internet access and use, and gain insight into how important always-on, price, speed, installation, and reliability attributes are in their choice of service. Preliminary analysis suggests relatively high awareness of cable modem and DSL availability. Almost 19 percent of the sample have high-speed connectivity, and the mean price paid per month for dial-up and high-speed access is $19.76 and $42.36, respectively. Preference for high-speed access is apparent among households with higher income and college education. About 63 percent of high-speed users have more than five years of online experience, compared to 48 percent of dial-up users, and high-speed users are twice as likely to share music files and photos, bank, trade stocks, and pay bills "many times a week" than dial-up users. Willingness-to-pay estimates indicate reliability of service, speed, and always-on connectivity are important Internet access attributes.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Telecommunications Policy.

Volume (Year): 29 (2005)
Issue (Month): 8 (September)
Pages: 615-633

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Keywords: Internet Broadband Demand Elasticity;

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  1. Lyons, Seán, 2012. "Timing and Determinants of Local Residential Broadband Adoption: Evidence from Ireland," Papers WP432, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  2. Prieger, James E. & Hu, Wei-Min, 2008. "The broadband digital divide and the nexus of race, competition, and quality," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 20(2), pages 150-167, June.
  3. Mélisande Cardona & Anton Schwarz & B. Yurtoglu & Christine Zulehner, 2009. "Demand estimation and market definition for broadband Internet services," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 35(1), pages 70-95, February.
  4. Victor Glass & Stela Stefanova, 2010. "An empirical study of broadband diffusion in rural America," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 38(1), pages 70-85, August.
  5. Hahn, Robert W. & Wallsten, Scott, 2009. "An Economic Perspective on a U.S. National Broadband Plan," Working paper 9, Regulation2point0.
  6. Jackie Krafft, 2010. "Profiting in the info-communications in the age of broadband: lessons and new considerations," Post-Print hal-00203801, HAL.
  7. Sangwon Lee & Justin S. Brown, 2008. "The Diffusion of Fixed Broadband: An Empirical Analysis," Working Papers 08-19, NET Institute, revised Sep 2008.

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