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  • We empirically study the effects of broadband internet diffusion on local election outcomes and on local government policies using rich data from the U.K. Our analysis suggests that the internet has displaced other media with greater news content (i.e., radio and newspapers), thereby decreasing voter turnout, most notably among less-educated and younger individuals. In turn, we find suggestive…
    Economic Papers on ICT on Sunday, 22 October 2017
  • We provide an explanation for a frequently observed vertical restraint in ecommerce, namely that brand manufacturers partially or completely prohibit that retailers distribute their high-quality products over the internet. Our analysis is based on the assumption that a consumer’s purchasing decision is distorted by salient thinking, i.e. by the fact that he overvalues a product attribute -…
    Economic Papers on ICT on Sunday, 22 October 2017
  • There is a growing concern that the widespread use of computers, mobile phones and other digital devices before bedtime disrupts our sleep with detrimental effects on our health and cognitive performance. High-speed Internet promotes the use of electronic devices, video games and Internet addiction (e.g., online games and cyberloafing). Exposure to artificial light from tablets and PCs can…
    Economic Papers on ICT on Sunday, 22 October 2017
  • China Unicom has announced it expects to report a strong 155% increase in net profit for the first nine months of the year, driven by robust service revenue growth and lower expenses.

    The operator's preliminary results estimate that net profit reached 4.1 billion yuan ($618.6 million) for the period, with service revenue up 4.1% to 187.9 billion.

    China Unicom also reduced its…

    Telecom Asia News on Friday, 20 October 2017
  • SK Telecom is expanding the use of its AI-assisted network operation system TANGO to all its telecommunications networks.

    The operator has already been using TANGO (the T advanced next generation operational supporting system) to help manage its fixed line network, and is now extending the application of the system to the mobile network.

    TANGO uses machine learning to automate…

    Telecom Asia News on Friday, 20 October 2017