Forecasting the Internet

Understanding the Explosive Growth of Data Communications

  • David G. Loomis
  • Lester D. Taylor

Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy Series book series (TREP, volume 39)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. David G. Loomis
    Pages 1-4
  3. Lester D. Taylor
    Pages 5-9
  4. Don Kridel, Paul Rappoport, Lester Taylor
    Pages 11-22
  5. David Cracknell, Sumit Majumdar, Nimeshh Patel
    Pages 23-44
  6. Lawrence Vanston
    Pages 45-58
  7. Ann Matthews
    Pages 59-79
  8. Michael R. Ward
    Pages 81-103
  9. Gary Madden, Grant Coble-Neal
    Pages 105-130
  10. Steven G. Lanning
    Pages 131-146
  11. Aniruddha Banerjee, Agustin Ros
    Pages 187-216
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 245-250

About this book


David O. Loomis Illinois State University The explosive growth of the Internet has caught most industry experts off guard. While data communications was expected to be the "wave of the future," few industry observers foresaw how rapid the change in focus from voice communications towards data would be. Understanding the data communications revolution has become an urgent priority for many in the telecommunications industry. Demand analysis and forecasting are critical tools to understanding these trends for both Internet access and Internet backbone service. Businesses have led residential customers in the demand for data services, but residential demand is currently increasing exponentiall y. Even as business demand for data communications is becoming better understood, residential broadband access demand is still largely unexplored. Cable modems and ADSL appear to be the current residential broadband choices yet demand elasticities and econometric model-based forecasts for these services are not currently available. The responsiveness of customers to price and income changes and customer's perceptions of the tradeoff in product characteristics between cable modems and ADSL is largely unknown. Demand for Internet access is derived from the demand for applications which utilize this access; access is not demanded independent of its usage. Thus it is important to understand Internet applications in order to understand the demand for access.


Internet Planning e-commerce growth networks

Editors and affiliations

  • David G. Loomis
    • 1
  • Lester D. Taylor
    • 2
  1. 1.Illinois State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of ArizonaUSA

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