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Information Inequality and Broadband Network Access: an Analysis of Australian Household Data

GARY MADDEN, SCOTT SAVAGE and MICHAEL SIMPSON

in Industrial and Corporate Change

Volume 5, issue 4, pages 1049-1066
Published in print December 1996 | ISSN: 0960-6491
Published online December 1996 | e-ISSN: 1464-3650 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icc/5.4.1049
Information Inequality and Broadband Network Access: an Analysis of Australian Household Data

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There has been considerable debate in Australia concerning the social and economic effects of telecommunications carrier investment in broadband network infrastructure. Whether particular groups within networked communities are unable or unwilling to subscribe to broadband services is an important policy issue. This paper sets out to identify metropolitan households that are less likely to subscribe to services and examines whether there exists a systematic link between subscription interest and measures of social disadvantage. Analysis of stated-preference subscription intentions data, obtained from an Australia-wide survey of 715 households, shows that there is potential for the new communication technology to create information inequality.

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Subjects: Industrial History ; Business History ; Innovation ; Technological Change; Research and Development ; Industry Studies

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