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Factors Influencing the Temporal Diffusion of Broadband Adoption: Evidence from Oklahoma

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This paper examines the shifting influence of household characteristics and telecommunications infrastructure on the residential broadband adoption decision for Oklahoma residents between 2003 and 2006. In particular, the spread of wired telecommunications infrastructure (namely cable Internet and Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL)) is examined, along with the effect that this diffusion has had on broadband access rates. The data indicates that the gap in broadband access rates between rural and urban areas has remained relatively constant over this period despite increased levels of cable and DSL throughout the state. In addition, an inter-temporal decomposition shows that the increasing levels of infrastructure are not the dominant cause of higher broadband rates over time. Instead, shifting returns to specific characteristics (namely income) are found to be the primary contributors.

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  • Whitacre, Brian E., 2008. "Factors Influencing the Temporal Diffusion of Broadband Adoption: Evidence from Oklahoma," 2008 Annual Meeting, February 2-6, 2008, Dallas, Texas 6934, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
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    1. Brian Whitacre, 2010. "The market and infrastructure perspective: reply," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 45(1), pages 239-243, August.
    2. Tony H. Grubesic, 2015. "The Broadband Provision Tensor," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(1), pages 58-80, March.
    3. Lawrence Brown, 2010. "The market and infrastructure perspective: a missing link in understanding the diffusion of broadband adoption in Oklahoma," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 45(1), pages 235-238, August.
    4. Renkow, Mitch, 2011. "Residential Broadband Availability: Evidence from Kentucky and North Carolina," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 40(2), August.
    5. Elizabeth A. Mack, 2015. "Variations in the Broadband-Business Connection across the Urban Hierarchy," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(3), pages 400-423, September.
    6. Stern, Michael J. & Adams, Alison E. & Boase, Jeffrey, 2011. "Rural Community Participation, Social Networks, and Broadband Use: Examples from Localized and National Survey Data," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 40(2), August.

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    Keywords

    Broadband; Internet; Temporal Diffusion; Public Economics; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; R11; O18; C1;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General

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