Beyond access: A relational and resource-based model of household Internet adoption in isolated communities

Teresa Correa, Isabel Pavez, Javier Contreras

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Abstract

Isolated rural communities face specific challenges associated with their geographical context in the digital inclusion process. Thus, based on a relational and resource-based model as well as diffusion research, this study explored personal, positional factors, as well as material and social resources of household Internet connection in remote communities that received infrastructure access for the first time between 2010 and 2011 in Chile. A face-to-face representative survey conducted in 22 communities revealed that, among personal variables, age and innovative personality played a role in household Internet adoption. Material resources such as income and transport connectivity were also relevant. However, social resources were among the most significant predictors. That is, the presence of children in the household and larger social networks were associated with greater chances of Internet connection.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)757-768
Number of pages12
JournalTelecommunications Policy
Volume41
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Chile
  • Digital inclusion
  • Internet adoption
  • Remote communities
  • Rural

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