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Broadband: Europe needs more than DSL

Stefan Heng ()

Industrial Organization from EconWPA

Abstract: Efficient broadband technologies such as DSL, fibre, cable modem, powerline communications, UMTS, WLAN or WiMax are powerful locational factors for an economy. Europe in particular should promote broadband communication further to tap into its growth potential. But given the prevailing ownership structures in fixed wire business, the promotion of broadband must not concentrate exclusively on DSL. Rather, its impact should be technology-neutral.

Keywords: communications; technology; broadband; DSL; cable modem; FTTH; regulation authority; liberalisation; deregulation; convergence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K2 L96 O14 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005-08-30
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