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An analysis of the determinants of internet access

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  • Chaudhuri, Anindya
  • Flamm, Kenneth S.
  • Horrigan, John

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This paper analyzes the impact of a variety of socio-economic influences on households' decision to pay for basic Internet access, using a discrete choice framework, and making use of a unique survey of Internet use among American households. Traditional socio-demographic variables are apparent, and the influences of income and education seem to be particularly strong. The substantial variation observed in access price may largely have a spatial explanation. The analysis also suggests that the simple subscription decision is only modestly sensitive to price implying access subsidies for basic access are unlikely to be a highly effective tool in bridging the "digital divide".

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Telecommunications Policy.

Volume (Year): 29 ()
Issue (Month): 9-10 (October)
Pages: 731-755

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Keywords: Internet Access Digital divide Willingness-to-pay;

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  1. Thierry PENARD & Nicolas POUSSING & Gabriel ZOMO YEBE & Philémon NSI ELLA, 2012. "Comparing the Determinants of Internet and Cell Phone Use in Africa: Evidence from Gabon," Communications & Strategies, IDATE, Com&Strat dept., vol. 1(86), pages 65-83, 2nd quart.
  2. Pichitkul, Araya & Mitomo, Hitoshi, 2012. "Demand for internet: Empirical comparison between urban and rural subscribers in Thailand," 19th ITS Biennial Conference, Bangkok 2012: Moving Forward with Future Technologies - Opening a Platform for All 72505, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
  3. Almas Heshmati & Firas H. Al-Hammadany & Ashraf Bany-Mohammed, 2013. "Analysis of Internet Usage Intensity in Iraq: An Ordered Logit Model," Journal of Knowledge Management, Economics and Information Technology, ScientificPapers.org, vol. 3(3), pages 3, June.
  4. PENARD Thierry & POUSSING Nicolas & ZOMO YEBE Gabriel & NSI ELLA Philémon, 2012. "Usage d'Internet et du téléphone mobile en Afrique : une comparaison des déterminants d'adoption sur données gabonaises," CEPS/INSTEAD Working Paper Series 2012-15, CEPS/INSTEAD.
  5. Srinuan, Chalita & Bohlin, Erik, 2011. "Understanding the digital divide: A literature survey and ways forward," 22nd European Regional ITS Conference, Budapest 2011: Innovative ICT Applications - Emerging Regulatory, Economic and Policy Issues 52191, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
  6. Walid Hadhri & Mohamed Ayadi & Adel Ben Youssef, 2012. "Difference between Adoption and Access Frequency to Internet and Consumer Surplus," Post-Print halshs-00937177, HAL.
  7. Lohmann, Steffen, 2013. "Information technologies and subjective well-being: Does the internet raise material aspirations?," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 169, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
  8. Joeffrey DROUARD, 2010. "Computer Literacy, Online Experience or Socioeconomic Characteristics – What are the Main Determinants of Internet Adoption and Internet Usage?," Communications & Strategies, IDATE, Com&Strat dept., vol. 1(80), pages 83-104, 4th quart.

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