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Economies of Scale in Computer Use: Initial Tests and Implications for the Computer Utility

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000149012D
Original Publication Date: 1969-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2007-Mar-30
Document File: 234 page(s) / 7M

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Software Patent Institute

Related People

Selwyn, Lee L.: AUTHOR [+2]

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Ph-D. Thesis, A1f:ced P. Sloan School of Management, June, 1969

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This study is concerned with the c

in the production of data processing and
the possible regulatory and public polic!

  . . . an analysis was made of data on nearly 10,000 computers instal
ed at firms in manufacturing industries, using the survival technique,
which uses market experience as a basis for studying levels of optimum
plant size, The results of this analysis suggested that users did
operate computers as if there were significant economies of scale in
their use.

  . . This is at least as much a techj.?ological problem as it is reg-
ulatory; the future of the computer utility concept will thus be depen-
ree to which technology can reduce costs in these cate

   Computer utility. EI
me-sharing computers. fndustry installations.

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          ECONOMIES OF SCALE I N COMPUTER USE:
INITIAL TESTS AND IMPLICAT IONS FOR. TEFE COMPUTER UTILITY

Lee L. Selwyn

June, 1970

              PROJECT MAC MAlSSACHlTSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Cambridge M a s s a c h u s e t t s 0 2 1 3 9

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        ECONOMIES OF SCALE IN COMPUTER USE:
INITIAL TESTS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE COMPUTER UTILITY*

Abstract

    This study is concerned with the existence of economies
of scale in the production of data processing and other
computing services, and the possible regulatory and public
policy implications of such economies,

    The rapid development of the technology of computation
since the Second World War has raised many questions as to
the supervision by public authorities of the use and
progress of this technology, A study was initiated by the
Federal Communications Commission in 1966 in an effort to
consider that Commission" role in the production and
distribution of computing services where the use of
communications facilities,...