Understanding Broadband Gaps: Predictors of Broadband Competition and Service Quality in the United States

Posted: 17 Jan 2012

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Robert LaRose

Michigan State University

Tony H. Grubesic

Drexel University

Johannes M. Bauer

Michigan State University-Department of Media and Information

Wenjuan Ma

Michigan State University

Sandy Tsai

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August 15, 2011

Abstract

The NTIA’s broadband mapping initiative, implementing the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Broadband Data Improvement Act (BDIA), provides information about broadband Internet services in the United States at an unprecedented level of detail. Whereas the first release has some weaknesses, this public data base invites new analyses of gaps in broadband service at the census block group level, areas that average about 1,500 persons. This paper examines geographic variations in broadband service access, quality, and competition at the census block group level in relationship to 2010 Census estimates.

Suggested Citation

LaRose, Robert and Grubesic, Tony H. and Bauer, Johannes M. and Ma, Wenjuan and Tsai, Sandy, Understanding Broadband Gaps: Predictors of Broadband Competition and Service Quality in the United States (August 15, 2011). TPRC 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1986333

Robert LaRose (Contact Author)

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Tony H. Grubesic

Drexel University ( email )

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Johannes M. Bauer

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Wenjuan Ma

Michigan State University ( email )

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

Sandy Tsai

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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