published in Telecommunications and Internet Policy, Brock, G., ed. (Lawrence Erlbaum: Washington, DC, 1996).
The potential demand for new telecommunications services and the desire by telephone and cable companies to provide them invariably leads to the question of which architecture is best suited to provide these services. Much prior research deals with the engineering and economic merits of different architectures--particularly Hybrid Fiber-Coax and Fiber-in-the-Loop approaches. In this article, we also treat the economics of the different architectures, but, in addition, we place emphasis on the public policy issues that arise when one considers which architecture to deploy. In particular, we compare HFC and FITL architectures from an economic and policy standpoint.