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Internet Infrastructure

Shane Greenstein

in The Oxford Handbook of the Digital Economy

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780195397840
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195397840.013.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Internet Infrastructure

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This article presents an overview on Internet infrastructure, highlighting Internet access and broadband development. Internet infrastructure is a collective term for all the equipment, personnel, and organizations that support the operation of the Internet. The Internet largely used existing capital at many installations with comparatively minor software retrofits, repurposing capital for any new function as long as it remained consistent with end-to-end. As Internet applications became more popular and more widely adopted, users pushed against the bandwidth limits of dial-up Internet access. Broadband gave users a better experience than dial-up access. The most notable feature of the governance of Internet infrastructure are the differences with the governance found in any other communications market. Many key events in Internet infrastructure took place within the United States, but this seems to be less likely as the commercial Internet grows large and more widespread.

Keywords: Internet infrastructure; Internet access; broadband; United States; governance

Article.  13833 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Economic Development and Growth

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