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The Merging of Telecommunications Policy and Science Policy Through Broadband Stimulus Funding

25 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2012  

Andrea Tapia

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Labor Studies and Industrial Relations

Bridget Blodgett

Pennsylvania State University

Mitch J. Jang

Pennsylvania State University - College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)

Date Written: August 15, 2009

Abstract

The Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program was seen as a historic attempt by the Obama administration to bring broadband access to the underserved or unserved communities of the US while also investing capital into many of the economically hard hit companies and regions that support such technological development. Expectations for the first Notification of Funding Availability were quite high. However, conflicting belief systems and viewpoints about the role of large scientific institutions in the aid public development led to disillusionment and conflict. The authors use policy and discourse analysis to break down the situation and highlight the key differences that caused it to arise. This paper analyzes these differences and their foundational roots in an attempt to understand the basis of this conflict and what could be done to correct the situation in future notifications.

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Tapia, Andrea and Blodgett, Bridget and Jang, Mitch J., The Merging of Telecommunications Policy and Science Policy Through Broadband Stimulus Funding (August 15, 2009). TPRC 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1997778

Andrea Tapia (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Labor Studies and Industrial Relations ( email )

University Park, PA 16802
United States

Bridget Blodgett

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

University Park
State College, PA 16802
United States

Mitch J. Jang

Pennsylvania State University - College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) ( email )

102 IST Building
University Park, PA State College 16802
United States

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