Many academic articles have explored the relationship between broadband and economic development in the United States. Looking at research published since 2012, we find that studies focusing on broadband availability find impacts on local employment and entrepreneurship- but mostly use outdated speed thresholds. Other studies show that broadband adoption is closely linked to household- and farm- level outcomes. When both elements are considered simultaneously, adoption seems to matter more.


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broadband, Digital Divide, economic development


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