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Global Diffusion of Broadband

Current State and Future Directions for Investigation
  • Michael D. Williams
  • Yogesh Kumar Dwivedi
  • Catherine Middleton
  • Diana Wilson
  • Morton Falch
  • Alex Schulz
  • Vishanth Weerakkody
  • Anastasia Papazafeiropoulou
  • Ben Ramdani
  • Roya Gholami
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 235)

Abstract

Governments all over the world are encouraging broadband Internet connectivity to both residential and small business consumers. Despite large investments for developing the enabling infrastructure and the provision of access at affordable prices, however, demand for broadband has not increased the expected rate in many countries. The slow rate of broadband adoption can be viewed as being “supply constrained” in the developing world where countries are lagging behind in infrastructure development, but “demand constrained” in countries where high-speed access is already available to the majority of the population. In order to achieve greater uniformity in rates of adoption and use of broadband in both residential and small business contexts, and to reduce the digital divide, it is essential to focus upon understanding both macro- and micro-level factors influencing adoption and consequent use of broadband. The overall aim of this panel is to stimulate discussion and contribute to an understanding of the diffusion of broadband from a global perspective. In order to realise the overall aim, a number of studies from a range of different countries (including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and United Kingdom) are integrated within the panel discussion.

Keywords

Behavioural Control Digital Divide Great Uniformity Global Diffusion Affordable Prex 
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Copyright information

© International Federation for Information Processing 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael D. Williams
    • 1
  • Yogesh Kumar Dwivedi
    • 1
  • Catherine Middleton
    • 2
  • Diana Wilson
    • 3
  • Morton Falch
    • 4
  • Alex Schulz
    • 5
  • Vishanth Weerakkody
    • 6
  • Anastasia Papazafeiropoulou
    • 6
  • Ben Ramdani
    • 7
  • Roya Gholami
    • 8
  1. 1.Swansea UniversityUK
  2. 2.Ryerson UniversityCanada
  3. 3.Trinity CollegeDublinIreland
  4. 4.Technical University of DenmarkDenmark
  5. 5.De Montford UniversityUK
  6. 6.Brunei UniversityUK
  7. 7.University of ManchesterUK
  8. 8.Aston UniversityUK

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