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Broadband Telecommunications and Regional Development

1st Edition

By Tony H. Grubesic, Elizabeth A. Mack


194 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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Broadband is one of the most transformative technologies of the 21st century, yet our understanding of its regional impacts remains somewhat rudimentary. Not only are issues of broadband pricing and speed relevant in this context, but the overall quality of service for broadband can often dictate its impacts on regional development. This book illuminates the regional impacts of this pervasive and important technology.

The principle aim of this book is to deepen our understanding of broadband and its connections to regional development. First, it uses a geospatial lens to explore how the relationship between broadband and regional development influences access to technology platforms, dictates provision patterns, and facilitates the shrinkage of space and time in non-uniform and sometimes unexpected ways. Second, it book provides a comprehensive guide that details the strengths and weaknesses of publically available broadband data and their associated uncertainties, allowing regional development professionals and researchers to make more informed decisions regarding data use, analytical models and policy recommendations. Finally, this book is the first to detail the growing importance of broadband to digital innovation and entrepreneurship in regions.

This book will be of interest to regional development professionals and researchers in economics, public policy, geography, regional science and planning.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Broadband Policy 3. Broadband Infrastructure 4. Broadband Data 5. The Spatial Distribution of Broadband Provision 6. The Broadband-Business Nexus 7. Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship 8. The Future of Broadband

About the Authors

Tony H. Grubesic is a professor in the College of Computing & Informatics and the Department of Sociology at Drexel University, USA.

Elizabeth A. Mack is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Michigan State University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Regional Economics, Science and Policy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mobile & Wireless Communications