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Title: The bumpy road to universal access : an actor-network analysis of a U.S. municipal broadband internet initiative
Authors: Hsieh, JJPA
Keil, M
Holmström, J
Kvasny, L
Keywords: Actor\-network theory
Digital divide
Digital inclusion
ICT policy
Internet TV \(iTV\)
Issue Date: 9-Aug-2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Information society, 9 Aug 2012, v. 28, no. 4, p. 264-283 How to cite?
Journal: Information society 
Abstract: Universal high-speed Internet access can productively transform a nation's economy. However, many municipalities in the United States have been left behind in terms of Internet penetration. Some municipal governments have tried to address this by launching initiatives that aim at offering citywide, universal broadband access. Unfortunately, most of these initiatives either have been discontinued or have ended in failure. Drawing on actor-network theory, we conducted a 3-year study to investigate the evolution of the Internet TV initiative in LaGrange, Georgia, in the United States. The results reveal distinct interpretations of the initiative by different actor groups (the government, the service providers, socioeconomically advantaged residents, and socioeconomically disadvantaged residents), at different stages of implementation, pointing to tensions among the various groups. These tensions reflect the structural problems embedded in the macro political, economic, and societal context. The findings offer insights for policymakers who intend to achieve universal broadband access.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/6706
ISSN: 0197-2243 (print)
1087-6537 (online)
DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2012.689271
Rights: © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in The Information Society on 9 Aug 2012, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01972243.2012.689271
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