Broadband and knowledge intensive firm clusters: Essential link or auxiliary connection?

Elizabeth Mack

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This study evaluates the relationship between the spatial distribution of broadband providers and the presence of knowledge intensive firm clusters in US counties. Results highlight this relationship is heterogeneous and localized. In some places, broadband appears to be an essential link that enables knowledge firms to strategically locate in lower cost counties and in close proximity to major knowledge centres. In other places, the availability of broadband Internet connections are unable the negative externalities associated with locations in more remote areas of the country. From a policy perspective, this suggests that broadband should be viewed as a key component, but not the only component, of comprehensive local economic development plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-29
Number of pages27
JournalPapers in Regional Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Agglomeration
  • Broadband
  • Firm location
  • Knowledge clusters
  • Technological change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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