It is clear that many questions can be raised with regard to broadband. This issue of Trends in Communication discusses some of them from several different perspectives. The issue begins with a discussion on the adoption of broadband in the United States and Korea by looking into technological, policy, and cultural factors. The second article discusses the Singapore city-state policy with regard to broadband as the most recent step in policy toward an intelligent island and a knowledge-intensive society. The next example describes the diffusion of broadband in Japan, as well as the diffusion on mobile broadband--Internet via telephone, third generation mobile, and WLAN initiatives. In addition, the specific role of the PC-Bang in Korea and the PC-Bang culture--raising the issue of possible negative effects of Internet games via broadband--are discussed. Finally, some critical questions are raised with regard to the consequences of unequal adoption of broadband.
Volume 11, Number 1, 2003Contents: H. Bouwman, Introduction. G-j. Han, Broadband Adoption in the United States and Korea: Business Driven Rational Model Versus Culture Sensitive Policy Model. L. Low, Singapore One: the Hard Techno-Infrastructural and Soft Socioeconomic Issues. K. Ishii, Diffusion, Policy, and Use of Broadband in Japan. K. Stewart, H.P. Choi, PC-Bang (Room) Culture: A Study of Korean College Students' Private and Public Use of Computers and the Internet. E.A. Zimmer, Understanding a Secondary Digital Divide: Nonprofit Organizations and Internet Bandwidth Connectivity.