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By Dan Maldoom, Richard Marsden, American Enterprise Institute, Hal J. Singer

Broadband is a key enabler of the data society, expanding productiveness and competitiveness throughout all sectors of the economic climate. in contrast to conventional n- rowband connections, broadband offers excessive velocity, always-on connections to the web and helps cutting edge content material and companies. Direct purchaser welfare earnings from mass-market adoption of broadband around the european may simply succeed in 50 billion euros or extra every year. this is often particularly except the extra profound societal shifts that ubiquitous broadband may possibly deliver. it could enable the person to distribute content material and concepts self sufficient of conventional media and convey jointly groups of curiosity with out regard to borders. Public coverage for broadband could have a huge impact on no matter if and the way quick those bene?ts are realised. Getting coverage correct may convey huge bene?ts for shoppers, ?rms and the economic system at huge; getting coverage fallacious dangers s- ?ing either the rollout of broadband and new leading edge companies, and therefore the realisation of the EU’s e-Europe imaginative and prescient. during this e-book, we concentrate on the residential marketplace for broadband entry in ecu nations, analysing the present and potential point of festival and dr- ing implications for public coverage. A key goal is to appreciate larger the relative significance of facilities-based and access-based provision in fostering com- tition and selling take-up of broadband providers.

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Like many other sectors, there has been considerable debate in the telecoms sector about the where the boundaries of individual firms should lie, and whether the benefits of focus and clear priorities from a narrow range of activities outweigh the costs of the complicated arms-length relationships required between separate businesses. Indeed, many players in the sector have themselves been subject to substantial restructuring in response to changing commercial perceptions of where the right balance is to be found between offering a comprehensive end-to-end service and specialisation in particular aspects of the value chain.

46 FCC (April 2003). 47 IDC (2003), page 14. 7 Point-to-point laser (PPL) / Free space optics (FSO) This system is comparable to FWA but uses lasers rather than radio spectrum to transmit signals from the customer’s premises to a backbone network. g. trenching) would be avoided. However, the technology is still in its infancy. There are potential problems related to line of sight requirements and distortions owing to atmospheric conditions. This may require some form of mesh network architecture for deployment, so that each user has a number of redundant links.

68 We can distinguish four different forms of network services that can be used for broadband provision: full ‘metallic’ local loop unbundling (LLU); line sharing of unbundled local loops; bitstream access; and wholesale end-to-end access. 69 The alternative operator needs to provide equipment both at the consumer end (a DSL modem, which might be bought by the customer depending on the contractual terms of the service) and at the local exchange end (a DSLAM). The provider will have choices over what 68 Regulated access is currently limited to PSTN networks, though some NRAs are investigating extension of access requirements to other networks; the NRF does not rule out such extensions of regulation per se.

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