Brian Dabson

Publication Date



The purpose of this paper is to examine the proposition that improved connectivity, specifically through the use of broadband telecommunications, may be an important factor in enhancing the value of the “rural experience” and in so doing, improving the economic prospects for rural communities. This paper is one of a series focusing on wealth-building in rural America. The paper begins with a discussion of the current issues and perceived opportunities associated with the introduction and expansion of broadband telecommunications in rural America. It continues with a number of perspectives on the “rural experience” and in particular on those natural assets in rural areas that have potential for economic development. It concludes with some assessment of the possible benefits of broadband connectivity for the identification, stewardship, and leverage of natural assets through the medium of entrepreneurship.

Document Type

Working Paper


Financial Inclusion


Asset Building

Original Citation

Dabson, B. (2005). Enhancing the value of the rural experience through improved connectivity (CSD Working Paper No. 05-49). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.


Wealth Building in Rural America Project


Rural, SAPP, state policy, economic strategies, economic resources