This article establishes the relationship between the condition of Australian broadband services with the history of broadband regulation. It briefly surveys the history of the industry in terms of government action and firms’ responses. It reviews the literature on the effectiveness of broadband regulatory policies, finding the effects of widely deployed policies are often small or undetectable. The article uses these findings to build models of national broadband prices, penetration and quality. The models are verified using recent statistics from developed economies, confirming outcomes are little affected by access regulation, and also not by market concentration. Penetration and quality are strongly affected by technology factors. The models and the regulatory history are used to explain the condition of Australian broadband services, and to extract lessons applicable to future policy development.
|Journal||Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Mar 2018|