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The Diffusion of the Internet and the Geography of the Digital Divide in the United States

Shane Greenstein, Jeff Prince

NBER Working Paper No. 12182
Issued in May 2006
NBER Program(s):   IO   PR

This paper analyses the rapid diffusion of the Internet across the United States over the past decade for both households and firms. We put the Internet's diffusion into the context of economic diffusion theory where we consider costs and benefits on the demand and supply side. We also discuss several pictures of the Internet's physical presence using some of the current main techniques for Internet measurement. We highlight different economic perspectives and explanations for the digital divide, that is, unequal availability and use of the Internet.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w12182

Published: Mansell, Robin, Danny Quah, and Roger Silverstone (eds.) Oxford Handbook on ICTs. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

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