Academic Sources on Community Broadband needed
October 13, 2011 6:39 AM Subscribe
Can anyone help me find academic or empirical sources to reference/cite in a law paper about state laws that prohibit local communities from building their own broadband networks?
posted by indiebass to Education (8 answers total)
I am in my first semester of grad school, and I am trying to find sources that I can reference/cite, etc. in a pretty substantial paper on state laws that prohibit or restrict local communities from building their own broadband networks. I am specifically making an argument that these laws are economically inefficient, and should be rescinded.
I've turned in my abstract for the paper, but it hasn't been accepted yet; I have a meeting tomorrow and I need to present 5 (or so) sources, or I'll have to start over from scratch with another topic. I want to avoid this, because I do care about this topic, and I think the approach is a new one.
I know that my economic arguments will be sound, but finding prior research in this area has been difficult. I am interested in municipal broadband projects and especially in cooperative broadband projects (sort of the modern equivalent of the electrical co-ops of the 1930s). I've been on Google Scholar, of course, but I have not been very successful in this area, yet. I am trying to find anything that has been published (preferably in the last 2-3 years?) on the laws themselves, or the legal challenges both parties have made in these cases, or the like.
As always, any help you can give me would be immensely appreciated! Please let me know if I can clarify anything.