The Need for Urban Broadband Policy

Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert, William Franko

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Why and how are cities important sites for national broadband policy? This chapter reviews the economic and urban research on the role of cities in the economy and society, and discusses the stimulus funding and the National Broadband Plan in terms of the relevance of cities for national goals. Yet, less than 8 percent of the stimulus funding was allocated to metropolitan areas, primarily for training or public access rather than home access. A history of local government efforts demonstrates that local governments took up the issue when it had dropped from federal agendas. Yet, cities alone have not had sufficient resources to solve the policy problems. The chapter closes with a discussion of the goals and perspectives of city actors based on interviews with officials from seven major cities with active broadband initiatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDigital Cities
Subtitle of host publicationThe Internet and the Geography of Opportunity
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199979769
ISBN (Print)9780199812936
StatePublished - Jan 24 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Broadband
  • Cities
  • Digital citizenship
  • Digital society
  • Internet
  • Metropolitan areas
  • Public policy
  • Technology
  • Urban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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