DeCision-Making for Rural Broadband

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Increased rural internet access is associated with increased incomes and reduced unemployment (e.g. by increasing opportunities for remote work and expanding brick and mortar enterprises online). In fact, a 10% increase in fixed broadband access increases GDP in developed countries by about 1.2%. In addition, broadband can improve health outcomes by increasing access to telemedicine in rural areas that are far from a doctor or hospital as well as education outcomes by allowing students to access the internet at school.

This research effort aims to describe the decision-making process for rural broadband investment in order to develop strategic planning tools and resources for state and local governments.

Interested in Participating in Interviews?

Local government officials and community leaders are invited to participate in a research study on community decision-making for rural broadband infrastructure. You can volunteer to participate in an hour-long interview, scheduled at a convenient place and time for you. If selected, we will try to schedule in-person interviews, but may also conduct the interview via phone. Unfortunately, we may not be able to interview all volunteers.

Interested in Project updates?

You can sign-up for periodic updates on this project.

Who Can I contact about this project?

This project is led by Dr. Casey Canfield at University of Missouri Science & Technology and Dr. Ona Egbue at University of South Carolina Upstate.