Local Government Stimulation of Broadband: Effectiveness, E-Government, and Economic Development

49 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2003

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David D. Clark

MIT CSAIL

Sharon E. Gillett

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

William Lehr

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

Marvin A. Sirbu

Carnegie Mellon University - Engineering and Public Policy (EPP); Carnegie Mellon University - David A. Tepper School of Business

Jane E. Fountain

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Department of Political Science

Date Written: January 2003

Abstract

Access to broadband is widely recognized as a prerequisite for a community's economic welfare and the delivery of local government services. In communities where the private sector is perceived as having failed to deliver adequate and affordable broadband services, municipal and county governments face pressures to stimulate broadband deployment. However, no systematic data documents the nature and status of municipal broadband initiatives, the comparative effectiveness of alternative policies for promoting broadband access, or their implications for local economic development, private provisioning of infrastructure, and the operation of municipal and county government. As a result, hundreds of communities are proceeding independently to develop their own strategy, without the benefit of the accumulated experience of those that have gone before, and with no assurance of success. The objectives of this project are to collect, analyze, and disseminate data about the nature and effectiveness of local government initiatives to stimulate broadband deployment, adoption and use, as well as the effects of such initiatives on local e-government and economic development.

Keywords: Business and Government Policy, Economics - Microeconomics, Information Technology, Law and Legal Institutions, Political Science, Public Management, Regulation

Suggested Citation

Clark, David D. and Eisner Gillett, Sharon and Lehr, William and Sirbu, Marvin A. and Fountain, Jane E., Local Government Stimulation of Broadband: Effectiveness, E-Government, and Economic Development (January 2003). KSG Working Papers Series RWP03-002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=372260 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.372260

David D. Clark

MIT CSAIL ( email )

Stata Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
617-253-6003 (Phone)

Sharon Eisner Gillett

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )

eBusiness
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
617-253-2373 (Phone)

William Lehr

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) ( email )

Stata Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States

Marvin A. Sirbu

Carnegie Mellon University - Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States

Carnegie Mellon University - David A. Tepper School of Business ( email )

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States

Jane E. Fountain (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Department of Political Science ( email )

Thompson Hall
Amherst, MA 01003
United States

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