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Beyond Broadband AccessDeveloping Data-Based Information Policy Strategies$
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Richard D. Taylor and Amit M. Schejter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251834

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251834.001.0001

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The Determinants of Disconnectedness

The Determinants of Disconnectedness

Understanding US Broadband Unavailability

(p.158) Chapter 10 The Determinants of Disconnectedness
Beyond Broadband Access

Kenneth Flamm

Fordham University Press

This chapter analyzes recent broadband data in the United States to show why the broadband “connectedness” portrayed in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) postal code-level data is problematic to a certain extent, suggesting that this problem of “disconnectedness” is a potentially more significant problem than the FCC postal code numbers may suggest. It illustrates a steep decline in “disconnectedness” across the United States over the 2005–2008 period and the persistence of significant pockets of disconnectedness in a number of states. It proposes an approach for systematically modeling the determinants of “disconnectedness” and considers what economic and demographic factors can be identified as important, and statistically significant, in reducing or increasing “disconnectedness”.

Keywords:   broadband, United States, broadband connectedness, Federal Communications Commission, postal code, disconnectedness

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