Accessibility to internet and development prospects of the small and medium sized Greek cities
Keywords:Internet, Regional development
AbstractIn the contemporary age of access the role of "immaterial networking" has been extremely reinforced. The transmission of information, materials and capitals through various forms of communication networks takes the place of traditional spatial linkages. Internet is such a form of communication which is becoming more and more widespread. Its involvement in the social and economic daily routine of Greek cities is less in comparison with the rest European Union centres; however, it tends to be increasing. Particularly for small and medium sized centres, the more intensive exploitation of the internet potentials seems to be a significant outlet for the development problems faced by the local enterprises. The main spatial and developmental features of each centre play a major influential role on the development and use of the internet applications. The research conducted in the present project has examined this interaction and found out two parallel tendencies: on the one hand, the reinforcement of the presence and use of the internet in dynamic and powerful centres which are near the basic development axis and on the other hand, the tendency of some small and medium sized peripheral centres to surpass their peripherality through strengthening the use of the internet by the local enterprises.