Exploring Consumer Broadband ISP Markets

 

Consumer broadband technology is of great interest to policymakers for a variety of reasons, but little is known about what factors truly impact the actual speeds users experience and the prices they pay for use. This paper uses regression analysis to examine the relationship between speed and price and various factors such as income, competition, and demographic factors. Using demographic data obtained from the US Census and user generated speed and price information obtained from netindex.com, we find strong positive correlations between actual speed and competition, age, income, and population density. We also find that price is negatively correlated with income, age, and population.