Analysing the role of Superfast Broadband in enhancing rural community resilience

Ashmore (Heesen), Fiona and Farrington, John and Skerratt, Sarah (2013) Analysing the role of Superfast Broadband in enhancing rural community resilience. In: XXV European Society for Rural Sociology conference, 29th July - 1st August, Florence.

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Abstract

Superfast broadband services (Internet connections with downstream speeds of thirty megabits per second or more) are becoming a constant presence in marketing and government literature, which often detail the beneficial impacts on individuals’ social and leisure activities, employment options, and overall community well-being. This paper presents findings from a multi-phase project examining community-led superfast broadband initiatives in the United Kingdom. It includes methods of analysis of communities prior to obtaining superfast services as well as following a period of connectivity. The framework for assessing effects on rural community resilience of both the superfast broadband adoption, and
the presence of community participation in its physical development, is outlined with early indications given. Finally, this paper postulates several transformative facets of digital connectivity and community-based broadband organisations.

Keywords:superfast broadband, rural, community broadband
Subjects:L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
L Social studies > L700 Human and Social Geography
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:20 Oct 2018 20:25

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