Some economic and social aspects of residential internet use in Australia
AbstractThis study constructs a profile of the representative Australian residential Internet user from data obtained from a web-based survey. Survey data indicate the representative user is male, 20 to 40 years of age, highly educated, uses the Internet 8 hrs per week for e-mail and FTP, and has a monthly bill of AUD32. Anordered-logit model relates Internet use to price, sociodemographic and connection capacity variables. Model estimates show the probability of higher Internet use is greater for middle-income households, but declines with age of the user. Policy may be required to enhance access to lower-income groups, and to inform the elderly of the potential capabilities of the new technology. Further, model estimates suggest that Australian Internet subscribers prefer flat-rate pricing (or a combination of flat-rate and usagesensitive pricing) over usage-sensitive pricing schemes. This result is consistent with Australian consumer attitudes toward local telephone and mobile cellular pricing.
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Date of creation: 2000
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Publication status: Published in The Journal of Media Economics 13.3(2000): pp. 171-185
Residential internet use in Australia; economic and social aspects;
Other versions of this item:
- Gary Madden & Scott Savage, 2000. "Some Economic and Social Aspects of Residential Internet Use in Australia," Journal of Media Economics, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 13(3), pages 171-185.
- L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications
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