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Information Inequality and Broadband Network Access: An Analysis of Australian Household Data

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  • Madden, Gary
  • Savage, Scott
  • Simpson, Michael

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There has been considerable debate in Australia concerning the social and economies effects of telecommunications carrier investment in broadband network infrastructure. Whether particular groups within networked communities are unable or unwilling to subscribe to broadband services is an important policy issue. This paper sets oat to identify metropolitan households that are less likely to subscribe to services and examines whether there exists a systematic link between subscription interest and measures of social disadvantage Analysis of stated-preference subscription intentions data, obtained from an Australia-wide survey of 715 households, shows that there is potential for the news communication technology to create information inequality. Copyright 1996 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Madden, Gary & Savage, Scott & Simpson, Michael, 1996. "Information Inequality and Broadband Network Access: An Analysis of Australian Household Data," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 5(4), pages 1049-1066.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:5:y:1996:i:4:p:1049-66
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    1. Park, Rolla Edward & Mitchell, Bridger M. & Wetzel, Bruce M. & Alleman, James H., 1983. "Charging for local telephone calls : How household characteristics affect the distribution of calls in the GTE Illinois experiment," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 22(3), pages 339-364, August.
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    1. Baranes, Edmond & Bourreau, Marc, 2005. "An Economist's Guide to Local Loop Unbundling," MPRA Paper 2440, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Victor Glass & Stela Stefanova, 2010. "An empirical study of broadband diffusion in rural America," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 38(1), pages 70-85, August.
    3. Leonel Cerno & Teodosio Pérez Amaral, 2006. "Medición y Determinantes de la Brecha Tecnológica en España," Documentos de Trabajo del ICAE 0601, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico.

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    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications

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