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Information and Communication Technologies for Regional Development in the Czech Republic – Broadband Connectivity in Rural Areas

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  • Vanek, Jiri
  • Jarolimek, Jan
  • Vogeltanzova, Tereza

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The present paper introduces chosen results of an ICT development survey in the regions of the Czech Republic. The survey was primarily focused on broadband connectivity and its adoption by agricultural enterprises operating in rural areas. The survey was conducted in the context of both the EU strategy "Digital Agenda for Europe" and the national program document "National Policy in Electronic Communications - Digital Czech Republic". It stems from the enquiries that the situation is not – in spite of a certain improvement – satisfactory and the digital divide remains highly topical in rural areas of the Czech Republic. Broadband connectivity reaches practically 100% in urban areas and more than 85% in suburban areas whereas the rural areas show only about 75% availability. In many parts of the Czech Republic, a high quality Internet connection is quite questionable and sometimes even unavailable until present.

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  • Vanek, Jiri & Jarolimek, Jan & Vogeltanzova, Tereza, 2011. "Information and Communication Technologies for Regional Development in the Czech Republic – Broadband Connectivity in Rural Areas," AGRIS on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Economics and Management, vol. 3(3), September.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aolpei:116385
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