The digital divide: Patterns, policy and scenarios for connecting the ‘final few’ in rural communities across Great Britain

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620527
Title:
The digital divide: Patterns, policy and scenarios for connecting the ‘final few’ in rural communities across Great Britain
Authors:
Philip, Lorna; Cottrill, Caitlin; Farrington, John; Williams, Fiona; Ashmore, Fiona
Abstract:
The Internet can bestow significant benefits upon those who use it. The prima facie case for an urban-rural digital divide is widely acknowledged, but detailed accounts of the spatial patterns of digital communications infrastructure are rarely reported. In this paper we present original analysis of data published by the UK telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, and identify and reflect on the entrenched nature of the urban-rural digital divide in Great Britain. Drawing upon illustrative case vignettes we demonstrate the implications of digital exclusion for personal and business lives in rural, and in particular remote rural, areas. The ability of the current UK policy context to effectively address the urban-rural digital divide is reviewed and scenarios for improving digital connectivity amongst the ‘final few’, including community-led broadband, satellite broadband and mobile broadband, are considered. A call is made for digital future proofing in telecommunications policy, without which the already faster urban areas will get ‘faster, fastest’ leaving rural areas behind and an increasingly entrenched urban-rural divide.
Affiliation:
University of Aberdeen; University of Chester
Citation:
Philip, L., Cottrill, C., Farrington, F., Williams, F., & Ashmore, F. (2017 - in press). The digital divide: patterns, policy and options for connecting the final few in rural communities across Great Britain. Journal of Rural Studies. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.12.002
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Journal of Rural Studies
Publication Date:
2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620527
DOI:
10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.12.002
Additional Links:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0743016716306799
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0743-0167
Appears in Collections:
Geography and Development Studies

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dc.contributor.authorPhilip, Lornaen
dc.contributor.authorCottrill, Caitlinen
dc.contributor.authorFarrington, Johnen
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Fionaen
dc.contributor.authorAshmore, Fionaen
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-08T09:48:07Z-
dc.date.available2017-06-08T09:48:07Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationPhilip, L., Cottrill, C., Farrington, F., Williams, F., & Ashmore, F. (2017 - in press). The digital divide: patterns, policy and options for connecting the final few in rural communities across Great Britain. Journal of Rural Studies. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.12.002en
dc.identifier.issn0743-0167-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.12.002-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620527-
dc.description.abstractThe Internet can bestow significant benefits upon those who use it. The prima facie case for an urban-rural digital divide is widely acknowledged, but detailed accounts of the spatial patterns of digital communications infrastructure are rarely reported. In this paper we present original analysis of data published by the UK telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, and identify and reflect on the entrenched nature of the urban-rural digital divide in Great Britain. Drawing upon illustrative case vignettes we demonstrate the implications of digital exclusion for personal and business lives in rural, and in particular remote rural, areas. The ability of the current UK policy context to effectively address the urban-rural digital divide is reviewed and scenarios for improving digital connectivity amongst the ‘final few’, including community-led broadband, satellite broadband and mobile broadband, are considered. A call is made for digital future proofing in telecommunications policy, without which the already faster urban areas will get ‘faster, fastest’ leaving rural areas behind and an increasingly entrenched urban-rural divide.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0743016716306799en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subjectUrban-rural digital divideen
dc.subjectDigital exclusionen
dc.subjectRural broadbanden
dc.subjectDigital policyen
dc.titleThe digital divide: Patterns, policy and scenarios for connecting the ‘final few’ in rural communities across Great Britainen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Aberdeen; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Rural Studiesen
dc.date.accepted2016-12-07-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderRCUK Digital Economy programme to the dot.rural Digital Economy Huben
rioxxterms.identifier.projectRCUK Digital Economy programme to the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub: EP/G066051/1en
rioxxterms.versionVoRen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-06-08-
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