Beyond Broadband AccessDeveloping Data-Based Information Policy Strategies

Beyond Broadband AccessDeveloping Data-Based Information Policy Strategies

Richard D. Taylor and Amit M. Schejter

Print publication date: 2015

ISBN: 9780823251834

Publisher: Fordham University Press


This volume not only examines traditional questions about broadband, such as availability and access, but also explores and evaluates new metrics that are more applicable to the evolving technologies of information access. It brings together a group of media policy scholars from a wide range of disciplines including economics, law, policy studies, computer science, information science, and communications studies. It asks questions such as: After broadband access, what next? What role do metrics play in understanding information societies and, more important, in shaping their policies? Beyond counting people with broadband access, how can economic and social metrics inform broadband policies, help evaluate their outcomes, and create useful models for achieving national goals? Importantly, the book provides a well-rounded, international perspective on theoretical approaches to communications policymaking in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Showcasing a diversity of approaches, this collection aims to help meet the myriad challenges involved in improving the development of communications policy around the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Numbers That Matter

Richard D. Taylor and Amit M. Schejter

Part I Theory

Chapter 1 Beyond Broadband Access

Catherine Middleton

Chapter 2 Understanding Digital Gaps

Bin Zhang and Richard D. Taylor

Chapter 3 Broadband Microfoundations

Steven Bauer, David Clark, and William Lehr

Chapter 4 Adoption Factors of Ubiquitous Broadband

Sangwon Lee and Justin S. Brown

PART II The Use and Abuse of Data in Information Policy Making

Chapter 11 European Broadband Spending

Ibrahim Kholilul Rohman and Erik Bohlin