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Entrepreneurship, Social Capital and Governance

Entrepreneurship, Social Capital and Governance

Directions for the Sustainable Development and Competitiveness of Regions

New Horizons in Regional Science series

Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Börje Johansson and Roger R. Stough

This book highlights the role of entrepreneurship, social capital and governance for regional economic development. In recent decades, many researchers have claimed that entrepreneurship is the most critical factor in sustaining regional economic growth. However, most entrepreneurship research is undertaken without considering the fundamental importance of the regional context. Other research has emphasized the role of social capital but there are substantial problems in empirically relating measures of social capital to regional economic development.

Chapter 9: The existence of pent-up demand for rural broadband services: an exploration

Peter L. Stenberg and Mitchell Morehart

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, economics and finance, regional economics, urban and regional studies, regional economics


Connecting to the Internet via high-speed technology such as DSL lines, cable, satellite and wireless networks makes the Internet much more useful to businesses, households and governments. The increased incidence of high-speed Internet access has quickened growth in electronic commerce, video on demand, telecommuting, collaborative scientific projects, videoconferencing and virtual environments, resulting in deepening integration of online activities within the economy. As a result a great deal of business, household and government activities have moved onto Internet platforms with some Internet activities not even requiring direct human involvement in the process. Rural American communities, like rural communities in other parts of the world, have not been left out of the evolving digital economy, but rural–urban equity is an issue. While American rural households are almost as likely as urban households to use the Internet, broadband Internet access in rural areas has been less prevalent. Circumstantial evidence suggests that the difference may lie in the higher cost or more limited availability of broadband Internet access in rural areas (Stenberg et al., 2009). Is there evidence to suggest pent-up demand for rural broadband Internet service exists? That is the question addressed here.

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