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Broadband in rural and remote areas: the impact of Scottish policy initiatives

Whalley, Jason and Howick, Susan (2008) Broadband in rural and remote areas: the impact of Scottish policy initiatives. Working paper. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The ability to participate in the Internet-based economy that is emerging requires access to broadband. However, in many countries, 'digital divides' occur, with those in geographically remote and rural areas being particularly disadvantaged. Through focusing on rural and remote Scotland, the paper identifies three different categories of policy initiatives that have been adopted and their interaction with broader UK and industry wide developments. Whilst these initiatives have encouraged the adoption of broadband, it is argued that UK initiatives are creating a new series of challenges to the adoption of broadband.