The Broadband Provision Tensor

Tony H. Grubesic

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This paper introduces the Broadband Provision Tensor (BPT), a new fusion-based multivariate approach for exploring the spatial, economic, and quality of service dimensions of broadband telecommunication services. Specifically, the BPT allows for the development of a more complex and realistic typology of broadband provision between regions within a uniform geographic scale. Thus, regardless of the BPT being implemented for states, metropolitan areas, counties, municipalities, census tracts, or block groups, the units included in the chosen scale of analysis can be compared and benchmarked against their peers. Ultimately, the BPT allows analysts and policy makers to succinctly visualize the broadband provision status regions across multiple dimensions for comparative purposes. This paper highlights an application of the BPT for 439 municipalities in the U.S. using a combination of Ookla Net Metrics data and provision information from the National Broadband Map. Results suggest a highly varied spectrum of wireline broadband provision profiles in the U.S. Policy implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-80
Number of pages23
JournalGrowth and Change
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change


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