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ICT development from the perspective of connectivity and inclusion: the operation of a local digital agenda in Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (STRIPE)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7060-9282
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Centre for Municipality Studies – CKS. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2404-0624
2019 (English)In: Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift, ISSN 0029-1951, E-ISSN 1502-5292Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of the article is to determine what a local Digital Agenda (DA) implies for ICT development at the local level and how such a policy can be realised in practice. The topic is discussed in relation to the EU and Swedish Digital Agendas, which have motivated the definition of a local DA for the examined Swedish municipality of Linköping. An analytical model is used both to examine the balance of supply-side and demand-side policies of the local DA, and in an attempt to determine what a local DA implies for local ICT development. The empirical material shows that local policy focused on supply-side strategies towards households and businesses, while demand-side policy was present to a greater extent in the management of the municipality’s own operations. The local authority has provided a major expansion in broadband infrastructure to rural areas of the municipality. This complies with mandates from local authorities to manage local infrastructure development and services to the local population. The authors conclude that the policy implications of the results suggest that although operations through the local DA are substantial, complementary measures to support increasing demands across households and businesses are important when dealing with challenges of uneven access and underutilisation of the large investments for ICT infrastructure.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.
Keywords [en]
broadband infrastructure, Digital Agenda, local policy and planning, Sweden
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156359DOI: 10.1080/00291951.2019.1596153ISI: 000465767600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85063749010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-156359DiVA, id: diva2:1305523
Available from: 2019-04-17 Created: 2019-04-17 Last updated: 2019-06-04Bibliographically approved

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