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, Volume 68, Issue 1, pp 41–53 | Cite as

Alternative technologies for rural areas–what about the ‘alternative’ dimension of Wi-Fi?

  • Gilles PuelEmail author
  • Valérie Fernandez
  • Valérie Fautrero
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Summary

The question of alternative technologies for high-speed Internet access lies at the heart of rural development problems. In this paper, we focus on one of those technologies, the system combining satellite technologies and Wi-Fi. Based on an empirical study carried out in three rural areas, we analyze the dynamics of the use and appropriation of that technology by the companies and organizations participating in the experiment. Considered both from a technical and social standpoint, the technology ‘in use’ appears here in its structuring dimensions.

Keywords

Wireless technology Wi-Fi Rural areas Social interaction Spatial differentiation France 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gilles Puel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Valérie Fernandez
    • 2
  • Valérie Fautrero
    • 3
  1. 1.Département Sciences Économiques et Gestion/LEREPSUniversité de Toulouse II le MirailToulouse Cedex 9France
  2. 2.Département Economie, Gestion, Sciences sociales et HumainesGET-TelecomParis Cedex 13France
  3. 3.GET-Telecom Paris, ATER University of Toulouse IIToulouseFrance

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