Spatial variations in broadband and air passenger service provision in the United States

Tony H. Grubesic

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With the resurgence of regions as key nodes in the global economy, there is a growing interest in better defining their competitive advantages, particularly those accrued through infrastructure provision. Two important components of this competitive landscape are information and communication technologies (ICTs) and commercial air passenger service. While the development of these two networks is frequently cited as being a critical factor in regional economic competitiveness, few empirical studies address the statistical relationship(s) between these infrastructures or the complexities associated with their spatial distribution. The purpose of this paper is to determine if an association exists between the provision of broadband telecommunication service and air passenger service in the United States. In addition, basic spatial statistical approaches are utilized to identify a suite of important social and economic determinants that play a central role in spurring infrastructure provision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-77
Number of pages21
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Access
  • Airlines
  • Broadband
  • Infrastructure provision
  • Regional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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