Public policy targets in EU broadband markets: The role of technological neutrality

Briglauer, Wolfgang, Stocker, Volker and Whalley, Jason (2020) Public policy targets in EU broadband markets: The role of technological neutrality. Telecommunications Policy, 44 (5). p. 101908. ISSN 0308-5961

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2019.101908

Abstract

The European Commission has recently sought to substantially revise how it regulates the telecommunication industry, with a key goal being to incentivise investment in high-speed broadband networks. Ambitious goals to incentivise investment in high-speed broadband networks have been set across the European Union, initially in the ‘Digital Agenda for Europe’ and more recently in its ‘Gigabit strategy’. These goals reflect the view of many that there are widespread and significant socio-economic benefits associated with broadband. Our analysis explores the consequence of target setting at a European level, in terms of encouraging investment and picking which technology should be adopted within the context of technological neutrality. We demonstrate that while public policy targets might implicitly favour specific technologies, especially when gigabit targets are defined, the technological choices that occur within individual Member States are shaped by the complex and dynamic interaction between a series of path dependencies that may vary significantly across as well as within Member States. Adopting an ecosystem perspective, we propose a conceptual framework that identifies the key factors associated with technological neutrality and informs a rational decision-making process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Broadband, Technological neutrality, Fibre networks, 5G, Path dependency, EU public policies
Subjects: G500 Information Systems
H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
L100 Economics
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 14:09
Last Modified: 14 May 2020 08:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43128

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