This chapter explores whether past experiences with telecommunications providers and current 'plans' on offer serve as barriers between an individual consumers' persuasion phase of the innovation-decision process (Rogers 2003) and the decision phase. With broadband in around 33% of Australian homes, it is important telecommunications providers understand why the future mainstream segment of consumers will want to adopt broadband, and any barriers to this. This analysis suggests future studies are needed to investigate whether the telecommunications providers are collectively confusing potential broadband consumers in their attempts to differentiate a generic product in the market. It argues future technology adoption studies need to consider including the complexity of the actual purchase decision when developing constructs for quantitative models. If we are to build a picture of why mainstream consumers adopt broadband; more than just the perceptions of the using the technology itself need to be investigated.
|Title of host publication||Global Diffusion of Broadband Data Transmission|
|Place of Publication||Hershey, Pa.|
|Publisher||Information Science Reference|
|Number of pages||15|
|Volume||1 of 2|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|