[Air-l] comparative cross-national diffusion of the internet

catherine middleton catherine.middleton at sympatico.ca
Sun Jun 11 19:55:11 PDT 2006

Hi Nik,

Take a look at the International Telecommunication Union's Internet Reports
The Internet Story: ITU Internet Reports 1997-2003, 

International Telecommunication Union. (2005). The internet of 
things. Geneva: ITU.
International Telecommunication Union. (2004). The portable internet. 
Geneva: ITU.
International Telecommunication Union. (2003). Birth of broadband. Geneva: ITU.

Also look at the Promoting Broadband website. The various country 
case studies provide background information on general internet 
adoption, not just broadband. 

You may find some OECD publications useful too, e.g OECD 
communications outlook. Paris: OECD., published every other year 
(2005, 2003, etc.)

For Canada, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Road 
Map provides a detailed account of ICT initiatives in Canada. 

CA*Net Institute. (2001). A nation goes online. Ottawa: CANARIE.  

I've got a searchable bibliography of references on internet 
(especially broadband) adoption at 
http://www.broadbandresearch.ca/endnote/endnote.php. The interface 
isn't perfect, but you might find something useful by searching 
"anywhere" on isp or adoption or picking a specific country name.

Good luck with this research.

catherine middleton

>Message: 2
>Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2006 15:41:57 +0200
>From: Nik John <nikjohn at mscc.huji.ac.il>
>Subject: [Air-l] comparative cross-national diffusion of the internet
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>Plenty of histories of the Internet in the US have been written. Much has
>been said on the variables that it is claimed predict rates of Internet
>adoption in other countries around the world. However, I'm interested in
>when different countries first hooked up and especially when the first
>commercial ISPs started operating in different countries.
>Can anyone give me that information for the country they live in? Or direct
>me to historical reviews of the network in various countries?

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