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Substantial Profits in the Broadband Ecosystem: A Look at the Evidence

Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies –

Network neutrality regulations could result in the loss of another 300,000 jobs, according to this report from the Washington, D.C.-based Phoenix Center.

The authors point out that these are not just any jobs that would be affected. The average earnings of a communications sector employee are about 45 percent larger than the typical U.S. private-sector job. Thus, each job lost or gained in communications is equivalent to about 1.5 average jobs lost or gained (in income terms). Employment in the sector has also been relatively robust to the business cycle.

Report authors George S. Ford and T. Randolph Beard also warn that the proposed regulations could result in a 10 percent decline of capital expenditures in the information sector.