Entries in Broadband (13)


Consumer lock-in for fixed broadband

In this report for the CCIA, Rob Kenny and Aileen Dennis considered the barriers to switching in fixed broadband. Such barriers are important since many regulators expect consumers to 'police' ISP behaviours, such as traffic management policies and net neutrality violations, by switching to another provider if those policies do them harm. However, if switching barriers are high, consumers may not switch even in the face of such harm.

The report considers:


  • Which types of switching barriers are present in broadband
  • Whether ISP practices and statements suggest they believe switching barriers are high
  • Levels of switching between providers
  • The likelihood of switching in response to a decline in quality


The report also uses new consumer research to quantify broadband switching barriers, finding that for consumers in France, Germany and Italy they are equivalent to a cost of €183.


Costs and benefits of FTTH in the UK

On behalf of NESTA, Rob Kenny prepared a paper examining the trade-offs of FTTH deployment in the UK, taking into account evidence on the benefits of faster broadband; the costs of FTTH deployment and the dynamic nature of the decision. The paper includes policy recommendations


Evidence to the House of Lords re Superfast

Robert Kenny will be giving oral evidence to the House of Lords Communications Committee's inquiry into superfast broadband. His written evidence is available here.


Fact checking Stephen Conroy's NBN speech to the Press Club

On 13 December 2011 the Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy gave a speech to the National Press Club, making the case for the NBN, Australia’s government owned high-speed broadband network. This note reviews some of his claims.

Download the report here.


Forecasting Australian Bandwidth Demand

Following on from our work for the UK's Broadband Stakeholder Group looking at future demand for bandwidth, we were commissioned by Australia's Department of Communications to undertake a similar forecast for that country.

Our work was a critical input to the a wider, ground-breaking cost-benefit analysis of the different options for Australia's National Broadband Network.