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What Influences International Differences in Broadband Prices?

Viktor Grechyn, Ian McShane

Abstract


Broadband prices differ significantly throughout the world, however discussion of why receives little attention in the academic and policy literature. Focussing on landline broadband, this exploratory article helps fill a knowledge gap by discussing some methodologies for comparing broadband prices between countries, and suggesting five factors that influence broadband prices: demand, supply, average price level, regulation, and physical/infrastructural factors. In this discussion, we also examine where Australia sits in relation to global broadband prices.

Keywords


broadband, comparative prices, price factors, Balassa-Samuelson effect, Australia

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