Broadband Policy: Does the U.S. Have it Right after All?

21 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2008 Last revised: 23 Oct 2012

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Jeffrey A. Eisenach

NERA Economic Consulting; American Enterprise Institute

Date Written: September 9, 2008


In this paper, I compare U.S. and (briefly) Canadian broadband policies and outcomes with the policies and outcomes in other advanced nations. The results show that the relatively deregulatory American approach to broadband policy has produced highly desirable results, including high levels of investment and innovation, nearly ubiquitous broadband availability, high and increasing levels of penetration, falling prices, and high levels of consumer satisfaction. Indeed, the U.S. model is producing better overall results than in countries which continue to pursue mandatory unbundling and other highly regulatory approaches. Moreover, the advantages of the American model are likely to grow more pronounced over time. To avoid being left behind, other nations should abandon policies based on mandatory resale of incumbent networks and adopt the American approach.

Keywords: broadband, telecommunications, unbundling

JEL Classification: K23, L51, L96

Suggested Citation

Eisenach, Jeffrey A., Broadband Policy: Does the U.S. Have it Right after All? (September 9, 2008). Available at SSRN: or

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