Cities and a Digital Society

Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert, William Franko

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Abstract

This introductory chapter argues that cities are important venues for national broadband policy, and that federal programs have not addressed market failures in urban areas, such as slow speeds and high costs. Policymakers must consider how place matters for technology use, and the subsequent chapters explore the significance of context across multiple layers of geography; from a comparison of urban, suburban, and rural patterns of access to the neighbourhoods of Chicago. Cities are uniquely positioned to advance innovative uses of broadband in the economy and public institutions. Moreover, there are substantial disparities in access in cities and metropolitan areas, where most of the population lives. Experimenting with new applications in cities and addressing barriers such as cost would have a greater impact than reliance on rural infrastructure to close technology gaps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDigital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199979769, 9780199812936
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 24 2013
Externally publishedYes

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market failure
public institution
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agglomeration area
urban area
infrastructure
geography
economy
Society

Keywords

  • Broadband
  • Cities
  • Digital citizenship
  • Digital society
  • Internet
  • Metropolitan areas
  • Public policy
  • Technology
  • Urban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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Mossberger, K., Tolbert, C. J., & Franko, W. (2013). Cities and a Digital Society. In Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812936.003.0001

Cities and a Digital Society. / Mossberger, Karen; Tolbert, Caroline J.; Franko, William.

Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Mossberger, K, Tolbert, CJ & Franko, W 2013, Cities and a Digital Society. in Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812936.003.0001
Mossberger K, Tolbert CJ, Franko W. Cities and a Digital Society. In Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity. Oxford University Press. 2013 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812936.003.0001
Mossberger, Karen ; Tolbert, Caroline J. ; Franko, William. / Cities and a Digital Society. Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity. Oxford University Press, 2013.
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