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Demand-side broadband policy in the context of digital transformation: An examination of SME digital advisory policies in Wales

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Increasing attention has been paid to the potential for demand-side policies to stimulate use of broadband networks. Such policies form part of the increasing digitalisation of the economy and wider society. This is an area where governments are also facing challenges in their efforts to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of their policies. The paper sheds light on the impact that the transition towards digital has had on demand-side policies supporting the adoption of broadband and digital technologies by SMEs, and draws out the implications for policy, using a case study of Wales in the UK over a ten-year period. It shows that digitalisation has seen policy mechanisms and messages evolving as policy makers have created a more integrated and multi-channel approach to the delivery of advisory support to SMEs, but that the emergence of multiple types of actors (large digital platform businesses) and ongoing digitalisation are adding complexity to policies and their interaction with other forms of public and private business support.

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  • Henderson, Dylan, 2020. "Demand-side broadband policy in the context of digital transformation: An examination of SME digital advisory policies in Wales," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 44(9).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:44:y:2020:i:9:s0308596120301166
    DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2020.102024
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    Keywords

    Demand-side policies; SME advisory support; Digital transformation; Policy actors; Policy interaction;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy
    • R59 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Other

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