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Business Models for Wireless City Networks in the EU and the US: Public Inputs and Public Leverage

  • Pieter Ballon
  • Leo Van Audenhove
  • Martijn Poel
  • Tomas Staelens
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Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Abstract

Based on a comparison between 15 cases in the EU and the US, this paper outlines and details six typical ‘business model’ configurations for so-called wireless cities. It attempts to identify the optimal mix between the inputs provided by public bodies to these initiatives, and the leverage and returns gained by them in order to fulfill various policy objectives.

Keywords

Business Model Private Actor Public Involvement Public Body Public Input 
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Copyright information

© Physica-Verlag Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pieter Ballon
    • 1
  • Leo Van Audenhove
    • 1
  • Martijn Poel
    • 1
  • Tomas Staelens
    • 1
  1. 1.IBBT-SMITVrije Universiteit BrusselBelgium

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