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dc.contributor.authorPeery, Stephen Sethen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:37:08Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:37:08Z
dc.date.issued2005-04-29en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05162005-152844en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/32854
dc.description.abstractBroadband telecommunications infrastructure is considered to be an economic development necessity by a significant number of policymakers and economic development professionals, particularly in rural areas. Across the United States, a considerable amount of money is being invested in the deployment of broadband networks based, at least in part, on the premise that economic development benefits will obtain. However, there is a general lack of academic theory explaining the mechanism(s) by which broadband telecommunications can produce economic development results. The purpose of this study is to investigate the impacts of broadband at the level of the firm. It adopts as its central working hypothesis the â Producer Networkâ concept originally developed at Virginia Tech, which suggests that economic development benefits may result from Internet users having access to multiple megabits-per-second of symmetrical, affordable bandwidth. It employs a qualitative grounded theory methodology to identify firm-level effects of broadband use. The studyâ s findings revealed that a majority of businesses in the case study communities were using much slower Internet connections than had been hypothesized, were using third-party, off-site web hosting, and did not believe they needed â Big Broadband.â Informants to the study believed that the economic development potential of broadband in the short term depended on the ubiquitous deployment of affordable connectivity, and were more concerned with reliability than bandwidth. The study concludes that the â Producer Networkâ is better understood as a long-term goal than as a model to explain the current firm-level applications of the commodity Internet. It suggests that policymakers should consider broadband not as a panacea for economic development, but as a tool whose potential for impact is influenced by a number of economic, political, social, and cultural forces originating at the community, national, and global levels. Based on the literature review and the field research, it proposes a general model for broadband telecommunications in rural economic development.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectProduceren_US
dc.subjectInterneten_US
dc.subjectVirginiaen_US
dc.subjectRuralen_US
dc.subjectTelecommunications Infrastructureen_US
dc.subjectContent Productionen_US
dc.subjectProducer Networken_US
dc.subjecteCommerceen_US
dc.subjectBroadbanden_US
dc.subjectEconomic Developmenten_US
dc.titleProducer Network Effects for Rural Economic Development: An Investigation into the Economic Development Potential of Information Production as a Firm-Level Effect of Broadband Telecommunications in Rural Areasen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUrban Affairs and Planningen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Public and International Affairsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Public and International Affairsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineUrban Affairs and Planningen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairMayer, Heikeen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberStephenson, Max O. Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBlythe, Earving L.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05162005-152844/en_US
dc.date.sdate2005-05-16en_US
dc.date.rdate2005-05-25
dc.date.adate2005-05-25en_US


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