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Beyond Broadband AccessDeveloping Data-Based Information Policy Strategies$
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Richard D. Taylor and Amit M. Schejter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251834

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251834.001.0001

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European Broadband Spending

European Broadband Spending

Implications of Input-Output Analysis and Opportunity Costs

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(p.189) Chapter 11 European Broadband Spending
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Beyond Broadband Access
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Ibrahim Kholilul Rohman

Erik Bohlin

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251834.003.0011

This chapter considers the opportunity costs involved in using government funds for broadband in the context of a future European proposal to publicly finance broadband infrastructures. Using the input-output (IO) table methodology, it analyzes whether European investments in broadband infrastructures would improve welfare. The chapter begins with a literature review of previous studies on the relationship between broadband and information and communication technology (ICT) before turning to a discussion of the opportunity cost concept from a macroeconomic point of view. It then presents the macro perspective of the opportunity cost using the IO methodology and performs cost-benefit analysis based on the value of the economic multiplier, using the 59-sector IO table of European countries.

Keywords:   opportunity costs, government funds, broadband, Europe, broadband infrastructures, input-output table, investments, welfare, information and communication technology, cost-benefit analysis

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