Paralyzed Municipalities: The "Chilling Effect" of Municipal ICT Investments: A Case Study of the Legan and Policy Environment for South Carolina Municipal Investment in Advanced ICT
Lamie, R. David | Dickes, Lori A.
This paper provides a case study of existing policy barriers to local municipal informationcommunications technology investments in one U.S. state, South Carolina. This analysis alsodescribes local survey results to clarify the role of restrictive state policy on the incentives forlocal communities to make these investments. Initial interviews of state municipal leaders supportthe idea that the states legal interpretation of municipal responsibilities has likely constrainedlocal telecommunications investments across the state. Survey results reveal that approximatelyone-third of local municipal leaders believe they are constrained by the state’s definition of thepurview of municipal responsibilities. Even with these constraints, the overwhelming majority ofrespondents acknowledge the importance of these investments for community and economicdevelopment. Understanding the results of state barriers to telecommunications investmentprovides important insight into the nature of policy incentives and moreover, provides insight intohow states and localities can change policy to encourage these investments.Show more [+] Less [-]