The Three Digital Divides

  • Eli M. Noam
Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy Series book series (TREP, volume 43)


With Internet connectivity progressing at a dizzying rate, the focus of attention has shifted to those left behind. The shorthand word for this concern is the “digital divide.” Underlying virtually every discussion about this digital divide of Internet connectivity is the implicit assumption that such a divide is a bad thing, requiring us to do “something.” But maybe we first should pause for a moment and understand the implications of ending this divide. If we do that, we might end up changing our perspective on Internet policy in an important way: away from a focus on Internet connectivity, and towards the creation of E-commerce and content.


Internet Access Digital Divide Internet Connectivity Venture Capital Industry Positive Network Externality 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eli M. Noam
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  1. 1.Columbia UniversityUSA

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