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Socioeconomic implications of broadband services

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Korea has shown rapid growth in the development of broadband services over the last several years. The Korean government and business have developed broadband services as a new business model, and the country has emerged as the world's undisputed leader in broadband services. Many media scholars, government telecom officials and information technology (IT) experts around the world are interested in how Korea has so quickly embraced broadband technology. They are also enthusiastic about seeing the fulfilment of their own vision of the information economy through the example of broadband service in Korea. This article explores key aspects of broadband services in Korea and its implications for the information economy. It examines why and how Korea has developed broadband service by examining several institutional factors. It also analyses whether government ICT policy frameworks have contributed to economic and social development. Then, it investigates how the government neoliberal economic policies have influenced the transnationalization of the broadband service market and the impact on the information economy.
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Keywords: ICT policies; broadband service providers; broadband services; information economy; transnationalization

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Illinois at Chicago, 1904 Nancy Ct#10, Champaign, IL, 61822, USA

Publication date: December 1, 2005

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