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The Rural-Urban "Digital Divide" in New Zealand: Fact or Fable?

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dc.contributor.author Howell, Bronwyn
dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-11T21:38:52Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-06T22:40:14Z
dc.date.available 2015-02-11T21:38:52Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-06T22:40:14Z
dc.date.copyright 1/10/2001
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/19004
dc.description.abstract Much attention in recent months has been focused upon both the existence and the extent of a "digital divide" between urban New Zealanders and their rural counterparts. A commonly held perception is that rural New Zealanders hobbled by the relative disadvantages of an inadequate telecommunications infrastructure are much less able to share in the benefits offered by the Internet and electronic commerce than city dwellers. This perceived "telecommunications digital divide" is popularly held to be prejudicing theability of rural and provincial firms and individuals to access the Internet and is thus contributing to a growing "electronic commerce digital divide". Indeed many of the recommendations contained in the recently released Ministerial Inquiry into Telecommunications are justified by the assumption that price regulation in the Telecommunications industry and enshrining into standard a basic level of service available to all customers at a universal price throughout New Zealand will go a long way towards "closing the rural-urban digital divide".Despite the debate and the rhetoric however few definitive studies that either verify the existence or measure the extent of this perceived divide have been undertaken. Rather speculation surrounding the extent of the "divide" has been supported predominantly by surveys of respondents' perceptions of disadvantage rather than analyses of actual uptake and usage. Nonetheless some empirical studies have been undertaken to establish the extent of any "divide". en_NZ
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dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.rights Permission to publish research outputs of the New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation has been granted to the Victoria University of Wellington Library. Refer to the permission letter in record: https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/18870 en_NZ
dc.title The Rural-Urban "Digital Divide" in New Zealand: Fact or Fable? en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Victoria Business School: Orauariki en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 149999 Economics not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Working or Occasional Paper en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 389999 Other economics not elsewhere classified en_NZ

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