Broadband: towards a national plan for Scotland

Ewan Sutherland, Cliff Lockyer

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Abstract

The development of national broadband plans has been used by many countries to join up different areas of governmental and regulatory activities and to set ambitious targets for ubiquitous access to and use of the latest fixed and wireless networks and services. For Scotland this requires working within EU and UK legislative frameworks, which have also provided the bulk of the finance for interventions. It also requires an understanding of the significant weaknesses of urban broadband adoption compared to other UK and EU nations and of its e-commerce supply and demand. While resources are being targeted at rural and remote areas, more are needed to close the social digital divide, which is unavoidable if the stated ambition of being world class is to be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-82
Number of pages16
JournalFraser of Allander Economic Commentary
Volume36
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

Keywords

  • national broadband strategies
  • telecommunications infrastructure
  • economic growth strategies
  • e-commerce

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