The spatial distribution of broadband providers in the United States: 1999-2004

Tony H. Grubesic

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Variations in the supply and demand of telecommunications infrastructure in the United States are well documented. However, amidst waning concerns of a broadband digital divide, the geographic aspects of broadband availability continue to be intriguing. While some areas benefit from a robust selection of broadband providers, choices for consumers in other regions are often limited. The purpose of this paper is to explore the spatially unbalanced levels of broadband provision in the USA by providing an abbreviated longitudinal analysis of broadband regions and their development from 1999 to 2004. Broadband core and periphery regions are identified through the use of spatial statistical techniques and a geographic information system. A broadband competition index for ranking metropolitan and micropolitan areas is also introduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-233
Number of pages22
JournalTelecommunications Policy
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008


  • Broadband
  • Digital divide
  • Equity
  • Regional development
  • Rural
  • Spatial analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Information Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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