Title: The status of broadband in Western Greece: a study on the supply and the demand of broadband services for e-government promotion

Authors: Christos Bouras, John Papagiannopoulos, Sokratis K. Katsikas, Stefanos Gritzalis

Addresses: Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics, University of Patras, 26500 Rio, Patras, Greece. ' Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, University of the Aegean, GR 83200 Samos, Greece. ' Department of Technology Education and Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, 150 Androutsou St., GR 18532 Piraeus, Greece. ' Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, University of the Aegean, GR 83200 Samos, Greece

Abstract: Fast and reliable access technology is necessary for developing efficient and effective e-government services. The existence of a direct relationship between the presence of a broadband network and the availability of e-government services has frequently been debated in the literature. This paper presents the results of a study conducted by the Research Academic Computer Technology Institute (RACTI), which investigates the current status of broadband with regards to the demand for and the supply of broadband services and infrastructures that will support these services, in the Western Greece Region. Broadband promotes open effective governance and improved services to citizens while creating a new economy based on knowledge. Broadband development has a significant impact on e-government support and diffusion.

Keywords: broadband services; e-government; business models; Greece; electronic government; government services; open governance; electronic governance; knowledge economy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEG.2008.020453

International Journal of Electronic Governance, 2008 Vol.1 No.3, pp.326 - 344

Available online: 27 Sep 2008 *

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