Creating community connections: Analysing the role of Superfast Broadband in enhancing rural community resilience

Ashmore (Heesen), Fiona and Farrington, John and Skerratt, Sarah (2013) Creating community connections: Analysing the role of Superfast Broadband in enhancing rural community resilience. In: World Social Science Forum - Social Transformation and the Digital Age, 13-15 October 2013, Montreal.

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Abstract

Rural communities are highly susceptible to socio-economic and environmental shifts due to factors such as single-industry economies, limited public service provision, and physical distance to governance institutions. In a global society constantly in flux, this begs the question of what can be done to encourage rural community resilience, their ability to adapt and thrive into the future. Some studies have examined enhancing local institutions and boosting economic linkages, however, this represents a small area of research. In an increasingly digitally focused society, it is important to analyse the potential for superfast broadband to enhance rural community resilience.

Superfast broadband services (Internet connections with speeds of at least thirty megabits per second) are becoming a constant presence in marketing and government literature, which often detail beneficial impacts on individuals’ social activities, employment options, and overall community well being. This paper will present findings from a multi-phase project examining community-led superfast broadband initiatives in the United Kingdom. The project includes analysis of communities prior to obtaining superfast services as well as following a period of connectivity, drawing lessons for international contexts. The framework for assessing effects of superfast broadband on rural community resilience will be outlined with early indications from the study given, postulating several transformative facets of digital connectivity for rural communities.

Keywords:community, superfast broadband
Subjects:L Social studies > L700 Human and Social Geography
L Social studies > L540 Community Work
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:31083
Deposited On:20 Oct 2018 20:20

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