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Thorson and Seo Internet Connectivity Research Published, Accepted for Presentation

Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor Stuart Thorson and assistant professor of strategic communications at Kansas University Hyunjin Seo coauthored a study analyzing Internet connectivity worldwide. The research, published in the Journal of Communication in 2012, examines data from TeleGeography's annual survey of Internet capacity and traffic by physical and political geographic boundaries over ten years. Thorson and Seo found that certain regions face significant disadvantages resulting from limited Internet access. Differences in regional bandwidth appear to be growing between nations. Countries that started with greater bandwidth at the beginning of the scope of study tended to maintain much higher connectivity than those with a lower initial bandwidth. Evidential of a large digital divide, these findings have political and social consequences. 

Thorson and Seo's study has been accepted for the 2013 International Communication Association conference in London.

Read more at:  http://phys.org/news/2013-02-disparities-worldwide-access-internet-bandwidth.html#jCp

Get the study online: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1460-2466.2012.01631.x/abstract