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Place and Inequality

Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert and William Franko

in Digital Cities

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199812936
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979769 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812936.003.0003

Series: Oxford Studies in Digital Politics

Place and Inequality

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The stimulus programs have focused attention on rural disparities in broadband, but this chapter offers a broader overview, comparing Internet use anywhere and home broadband adoption for urban, suburban, and rural residents. Using the 2009 Current Population Survey and Federal Communications Commission survey, this chapter explores the data that informed federal policymaking at the launch of the stimulus efforts and the National Broadband Plan. Multivariate analysis offers a rigorous examination of the factors related to Internet use and broadband adoption, but the results are presented with graphs and estimates that require no statistical knowledge. The analysis shows that urban Latinos are the most technologically disadvantaged group, and that social inequality is the most important determinant of broadband adoption in both rural and urban areas.

Keywords: urban; metropolitan areas; suburban; rural; internet; technology; broadband; inequality

Chapter.  8345 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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