Government Policy and Wireless City Networks: A Comparative Analysis of Motivations, Goals, Services and their Relation to Network Structure

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dc.contributor.author Van Audenhove, Leo
dc.contributor.author Ballon, Pieter
dc.contributor.author Poel, Martijn
dc.contributor.author Staelens, Tomas
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-28T13:57:02Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-28T13:57:02Z
dc.date.issued 2007-12-15
dc.identifier.citation Van Audenhove, L., Ballon, P., Poel, M., & Staelens, T. (2007). Government policy and wireless city networks: A comparative analysis of motivations, goals, services and their relation to network structure. The Southern African Journal of Information and Communication (SAJIC), 8, 108-135. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19789 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 1607-2235 (print version)
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-5040  (online version)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/19789
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19789
dc.description.abstract Wireless City Networks are a recent, but growing phenomenon. In the United States hundreds of cities are looking into the possibility of rolling out Wi-Fi or WiMax based networks over substantial parts of the city. The underlying rationale is that wireless city networks are cheap and flexible alternatives for fixed broadband networks. Cities more and more see broadband Internet access as a necessary and therefore public utility to be provided to their communities at affordable prices or even free of charge. The deployment of wireless city networks is however more than just infrastructure provision. Initiatives are linked to broader city policies related to digital divide, city renewal, stimulation of innovation, stimulation of tourism, strengthening the economic fabric of the city, etc. In this article we will argue that explicit and implicit goals are directly linked to the coverage and topology of networks, the technology used, price and service modalities, etc. Furthermore we will argue that the differences in context between the US and Europe explain the different infrastructural trajectories taken. Overall and on the basis of empirical findings we caution for the overoptimistic view that Wi-Fi-based wireless city networks are an equal alternative for providing broadband access. There are both financial and technological uncertainties, which could have a serious impact on the performance of these initiatives.
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.title Government Policy and Wireless City Networks: A Comparative Analysis of Motivations, Goals, Services and their Relation to Network Structure en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19789
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1093-9041


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