Internet districts in Italy: is proximity an antidote against weak broadband competition?

D’Ignazio, Alessio and Giovannetti, Emanuele (2011) Internet districts in Italy: is proximity an antidote against weak broadband competition? Modern Economy. ISSN 2152-7261 (Draft)

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Abstract

We study the effects of proximity in the interconnections between Internet providers participating at the three main Italian Internet Exchange Points. We find that geographical proximity plays a role in driving Internet Providers’ interconnection, positively affecting the likelihood of an agreement. This suggests the existence of localized positive externalities in the form of mutual knowledge and reputation, one of the cited drivers underlying the formation of districts in non high-tech industries. We interpret these results as resulting from the necessity for cooperation in interconnection between smaller providers facing the weak competitiveness of the highly concentrated Italian broadband access market.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: D’Ignazio, A. and Giovannetti, E., 2011. Internet districts in Italy: is proximity an antidote against weak broadband competition? Modern Economy, 2(3), pp.403-411..
Faculty: Lord Ashcroft International Business School
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 12:34
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:51
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/293281

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