Social value of basic broadband

A paper by Jed Kolko looks at what happens when governments support basic broadband adoption (as opposed to the high-speed broadband that is the focus of recent debates). It turns out that this mainly assists in households conquering the ‘digital divide’ (accessing health information the like) rather than accessing socially desirable online activities (such as government services and job search services). Click here. Now if only there was somewhere in the world we could study to work out what the social benefits of high-speed broadband are.

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