10 January 2006

Broadband Bargains

This item is interesting. As I mentioned earlier on this blog, pricing matters, and the data here underscore this. Notice also the difference in bandwidth as to what constitutes "broadband". This is also apparent in the recent postings on network neutrality, only here it is end user pricing rather than service provider pricing that is at issue.

This leads to the question of whether broadband should be included in the universal service package. If so, what is the rationale, and where would the subsidies come from? Would all end users be able to take advantage of broadband (the way they can for voice telephone service)? If not, what is the rationale for including it as a part of universal service?

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