Title page for ETD etd-06132000-13410034


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Wise, Andrew Stewart
Author's Email Address katenicki@cs.com, AWISE@FCC.GOV
URN etd-06132000-13410034
Title DOES CABLE TELEVISION FACE A NATIONWIDE COMPETITOR IN DIRECT BROADCAST SATELLITE SERVICE?
Degree Master of Arts
Department Economics (Arts and Sciences)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Waud, Roger N. Committee Chair
Lutton, Thomas J. Committee Member
Wentzler, Nancy A. Committee Member
Keywords
  • direct broadcast satellite
  • multichannel video services
  • cable television
  • competition
Date of Defense 2000-06-07
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
An important problem for economists and policy-

makers concerning the cable industry is whether

the cable industry faces widespread direct

competition. Only one roughly comparable, nation-

wide competitor exists, Direct Broadcast

Satellite ("DBS"), and there are some indications

that DBS does not constrain cable prices. The

model presented in this paper indicates that DBS

and cable compete imperfectly in terms of monthly

prices, if at all, but compete more directly in

terms of the premium-level services they offer.

Other factors may indicate whether a community is

open to advanced services like DBS, such as

whether the cable operators offers high-speed

Internet access.

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