Reforming policy to promote local broadband networks

Andrea Hoplight Tapia, Alison Powell, Julio Angel Ortiz

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Most existing assessments of local Wi-Fi projects have concentrated on either top-down, government-driven endeavors, or bottom-up projects developed by volunteers or community organizations. In both Canada and the United States, existing local Wi-Fi projects-both top down and bottom up-have failed to fulfill expectations that they could increase digital inclusion. Current policy frameworks may play some role in these failures. This article argues for a policy approach that favors hybrid public broadband that is neither completely bottom up nor top down, and for the development of policy frameworks that support hybrid public broadband.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-375
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Communication Inquiry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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