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Telecommunications and the development of Europe's less-favoured regions

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andrew Gillespie


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The regional dimension to the problems and potentialities posed by the introduction of new technologies is increasingly an issue which is being addressed within the EECs regional policy. This paper is concerned with one such new technology, advanced telecommunications, which is seen as playing a key role within emerging ‘information economies’. However, the evidence reviewed suggests that peripheral or otherwise less favoured regions may be relatively disadvantaged both by the geographically differentiated supply of new and advanced services and, most significantly, by the relatively low propensity of such regions to use and apply these services within economic enterprises. Some reasons for these patterns of adoption are considered, and the policy implications discussed within the context of the EEC's emerging policy response.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Gillespie AE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Geoforum

Year: 1987

Volume: 18

Issue: 2

Pages: 229-236

ISSN (print): 0016-7185

ISSN (electronic): 1872-9398


DOI: 10.1016/0016-7185(87)90008-X


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