Benefits of Competition in Mobile Broadband Services: A Study by William Lehr
The U.S. economy is as dependent on its networked Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as it is on its networks of roads, electricity, and water. Advanced telecommunications services—which increasingly include wireless services such as mobile broadband—are essential infrastructure for a 21st Century economy. Keeping pace with the growth in wireless demand is confronting policymakers and our wireless industry ecosystem with a mix of complex challenges and opportunities. The challenges include sustaining continued rapid investment and innovation to expand mobile broadband capacity and capabilities while managing scarce spectrum resources more efficiently. These goals must be accomplished in the face of an increasingly complex and dynamic global economy. Success will expand markets and contribute to keeping us on track to reposition our economy for economic growth in the future.
Our success will depend on preserving the benefits of facilities-based competition in the mobile broadband market. The economic viability of such competition is being challenged from a number of directions, including changing technology, market, and regulatory conditions. The purpose of this paper is to explain how mobile broadband competition contributes to value creation and to provide a lower-bound estimate of its sizable dollar impact.
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