Remote rural home based businesses and digital inequalities: understanding needs and expectations in a digitally underserved community

Lorna Philip (Corresponding Author), Fiona Williams (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

The digital economy offers home based micro-businesses in rural areas many advantages but stubborn social, economic and territorial digital divides continue to create challenges for this sector of the rural economy. Complex digital inequalities are illustrated in our case studies of the digital behaviour and Internet experiences of those running micro, home based businesses in a remote, digitally underserved rural community before, during and after the deployment of broadband technology. Findings draw attention to the role and importance of fit-for-purpose broadband in promoting digital inclusion for individuals, households and small, home based businesses: in a fast changing digital national and global economy remote rural home based micro-businesses are at risk of being left behind.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-318
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Rural Studies
Volume68
Early online date9 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

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Keywords

  • Home based businesses
  • digital divides
  • remote rural
  • digital inequalities
  • Remote rural
  • Digital divides
  • Digital inequalities

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