Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Communication and Information
Stuart N. Brotman
Michael Wirth, Michael Fitzgerald, Mark Harmon
Multiple studies have shown that access to high-speed broadband networks significantly improves the economies, education, and lifestyle benefits in rural areas. Consequently, this dissertation seeks to show how electric co-operatives could be an effective means for providing rural and cash-poor communities with this vital access. It analyzes the history of electric co-operatives, the legislative and regulatory status of electric co-operatives, funding processes, and the current energy/telecommunications marketplace. In light of the opportunities presented, challenges regarding how they should be regulated, legislated, and funded are addressed as well.
Greig, Jamie Alexander, "Electric Co-operatives as Rural Retail Broadband Network Providers: Opportunities and Challenges. " PhD diss., University of Tennessee, 2019.