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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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  • Chaudhuri, Anindya & Flamm, Kenneth S. & Horrigan, John, 0. "An analysis of the determinants of internet access," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(9-10), pages 731-755, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:29:y::i:9-10:p:731-755
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