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The faster, the better? The impact of internet speed on employment

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Does faster broadband generate more economic benefits than normal-speed broadband? This study examines the differential economic impacts of broadband of different speeds. Utilizing the broadband availability and speed data from the National Broadband Map, a first-differenced regression analysis was conducted to investigate if faster broadband more effectively boosts the employment. The analysis shows a positive relationship between broadband availability and county-level employment. However, compared to normal-speed broadband, faster broadband did not generate greater positive effects on employment.

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  • Bai, Yang, 2017. "The faster, the better? The impact of internet speed on employment," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 21-25.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:iepoli:v:40:y:2017:i:c:p:21-25
    DOI: 10.1016/j.infoecopol.2017.06.004
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