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Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity

Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert, and William Franko

Abstract

In an age when the United Nations has declared access to the Internet a human right, and universal access to high-speed broadband is a national goal, urban areas have been largely ignored by federal policy. Federal policies have focused on rural infrastructure. Yet, the U.S. is a metropolitan nation, and urban applications offer unparalleled advantages for addressing both innovation and inequalities in broadband access. This neglect may result in the failure to realize the social benefits of broadband and a broadly-connected digital society. Connecting various levels of analysis, from the nati ... More

Keywords: internet, broadband, technology, digital society, digital citizenship, cities, urban, inequality, digital divide, public policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199812936
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812936.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Mossberger, author
University of Illinois-Chicago

Caroline J. Tolbert, author
University of Iowa

William Franko, author
Auburn University

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