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Rural Broadband in Scotland – Challenges for Scotland and Lessons for Other Countries

19 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2012  

Ewan Sutherland

University of the Witwatersrand, LINK Centre

Jason Whalley

University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Date Written: December 30, 2012

Abstract

There are many socio-economic benefits associated with the provision and use of broadband services. Arguably these are greatest for those living and working in rural areas, as broadband contributes to the ‘death of distance’. This paper focuses on the provision of broadband in rural Scotland, and analyses the initiatives that have been undertaken to encourage broadband availability to identify a series of challenges that need to be overcome. One challenge highlighted is the need to coordinate across the complex institutional landscape that has emerged in broadband provision in rural Scotland, while a second is the relative lack of resources that are available. A third is the focus on availability at the expense of encouraging adoption. These challenges provide lessons for other countries.

Keywords: Scotland, Telecommunications, Broadband, Rural, Governance

JEL Classification: 018, R1, R58, L96, L41, L51, L43, L52, P11

Suggested Citation

Sutherland, Ewan and Whalley, Jason, Rural Broadband in Scotland – Challenges for Scotland and Lessons for Other Countries (December 30, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2194900 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2194900

Ewan Sutherland (Contact Author)

University of the Witwatersrand, LINK Centre ( email )

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Jason Whalley

University of Northumbria at Newcastle ( email )

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