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Constructing the divide: Spatial disparities in broadband access

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  • Tony H. Grubesic

    ()
    (Department of Geography, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210-1361, USA)

  • Alan T. Murray

    ()
    (Department of Geography, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210-1361, USA)

Abstract

As residential broadband options such as cable and xDSL grow in popularity, broadband providers continue to roll out service in select market areas. However, due to technological limitations, some locations qualify for xDSL broadband service while others do not. The purpose of this article is to examine the impact of local geography on broadband (xDSL) network access. This type of micro-geographic analysis is important in two ways. First, a detailed analysis at the local level can reveal the spatial disparities in infrastructure access. Second, because broadband access is quickly emerging as the technology of choice for both small businesses and households, it is important to consider which locations will have opportunities for these connections and which locations will not. Utilising an integer programming model, the maximal covering location problem, and a geographic information system, xDSL broadband access is evaluated in Columbus, Ohio. Results indicate that many suburban areas can be left without adequate service.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Papers in Regional Science.

Volume (Year): 81 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 197-221

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Handle: RePEc:spr:presci:v:81:y:2002:i:2:p:197-221

Note: Received: 6 October 2000
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Keywords: Digital divide; internet; DSL; GIS; maximal covering location problem;

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  1. Filippo Belloc & Antonio Nicita & Maria Alessandra Rossi, 2009. "Whither Broadband Policy? In Search of Selective Intervention," Department of Economics University of Siena 567, Department of Economics, University of Siena.
  2. Alan Murray, 2010. "Advances in location modeling: GIS linkages and contributions," Journal of Geographical Systems, Springer, vol. 12(3), pages 335-354, September.
  3. Rodriguez Cohard, Juan Carlos & Bernal Jurado, Enrique, 2002. "E-commerce and territorial development in the Objective-1 spanish regions," ERSA conference papers ersa02p326, European Regional Science Association.
  4. Shane Greenstein, 2006. "Innovation and the Evolution of Market Structure for Internet Access in the United States," Discussion Papers 05-018, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
  5. Grubesic, Tony H., 2006. "A spatial taxonomy of broadband regions in the United States," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 18(4), pages 423-448, November.
  6. repec:asg:wpaper:1019 is not listed on IDEAS
  7. Mª Mercedes Carmona Martínez & Leonarda García Jiménez, 2007. "Difusión del uso de Internet en España. ¿Existe una brecha digital entre Comunidades Autónomas?," Revista de Estudios Regionales, Universidades Públicas de Andalucía, vol. 3, pages 193-228.
  8. Anatoli Marantidou & Anastasios Michailidis & Afroditi Papadaki-Klavdianou, 2011. "Information and Communication technologies as agricultural extension tools," Scientific Bulletin - Economic Sciences, University of Pitesti, vol. 10(1), pages 114-125.
  9. Mack, Elizabeth A. & Grubesic, Tony H., 2009. "Forecasting broadband provision," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 21(4), pages 297-311, November.
  10. repec:asg:wpaper:1025 is not listed on IDEAS
  11. Filippo Belloc & Antonio Nicita & Maria Alessandra Rossi, 2011. "The Nature, Timing and Impact of Broadband Policies: a Panel Analysis of 30 OECD Countries," Department of Economics University of Siena 615, Department of Economics, University of Siena.

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