Policy and Plan Convergence for Municipal Broadband Networks

21 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2012  

Andrea Tapia

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Labor Studies and Industrial Relations

Julio Ortiz

Pennsylvania State University

Date Written: August 15, 2007

Abstract

It is clear that the growth of municipal wireless networks remains exponential in the US. This paper makes several observations on where municipal broadband policy is being made, what the dynamics are, what the implications are, and several ways to understand the similarity between municipal policy choices. We draw from three bodies of literature (policy transfer, policy diffusion and policy convergence) in order to understand and explain the similarity of actions and business plans of municipalities in states with no passed anti-municipal broadband legislation. Each mechanism implies a different form of motivation to the exchange of policy elements. The goal is to help researchers and policy makers begin the process of developing more robust models for analyzing the policy arena around the development and deployment of municipal broadband systems.

Keywords: Municipal broadband networks, policy transfer, policy diffusion, policy convergence, phantom legislation

Suggested Citation

Tapia, Andrea and Ortiz, Julio, Policy and Plan Convergence for Municipal Broadband Networks (August 15, 2007). TPRC 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2103706

Andrea Tapia (Contact Author)

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

University Park, PA 16802
United States

Julio Ortiz

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

Harrisburg, PA
United States

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