Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Scott J. Savage

Second Advisor

Douglas C. Sicker

Third Advisor

Lijun Chen

Fourth Advisor

Richard R. Green

Fifth Advisor

Thomas G. Thibodeau

Abstract

This dissertation includes three multidisciplinary and empirical essays each focusing on a different aspect of broadband Internet access markets in the United States. The first essay investigates the effects of the number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and their product-type on broadband Internet quality. The second essay conducts an empirical analysis of quality competition and examines how incumbent telcos respond to competition from cable ISPs and other telco ISP market entrants. The third essay investigates whether people are willing to pay more money for real estate located in areas where high-speed broadband is available than for a property that does not offer this amenity. The analyses use data on broadband availability from the National Broadband Map, performance measurement information from the Measuring Broadband America program, and additional public and non-public data sets.

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