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Fiber to the People: the Development of the Ultra-broadband Network in Italy

Carlo Cambini, Michele Polo () and Antonio Sassano

No 83, IEFE Working Papers from IEFE, Center for Research on Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy

Abstract: In this paper, we firstly revise the main technological solutions for ultra-fast broadband connections and summarize the main economic literature (both theoretical and empirical) on the role of regulation to support infrastructure investment in broadband networks We then move to the core of our analysis, that is to assess the relative positioning of the Italian market today in terms of deployment and penetration of broadband access, and then analyse the main relevant policy issues involved in the current Italian plans for broadband deployment. Our goal is to propose a policy framework for fostering the deployment of the Italian ultra-fast broadband network and evaluate the Government master plan. The analysis will also give the opportunity to provide our contribution to the current debate and to suggest how industrial policies in a market-oriented perspective should be re-considered.

Keywords: Broadband network; regulation and investment; state aids. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L51 L52 L96 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ict, nep-net and nep-reg
Date: 2016
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