Where are the Web Factories?

The Urban Bias of e-Business Location

February 2001

Sean P. Gorman
Neoteric Media
Washington, DC



The Internet has been considered the great equalizer for business, allowing distant locals to compete with large metropolitan regions. Recent research points to a different geography, where domains and connectivity cluster predominantly in large urban areas. The question remains are new businesses of the Internet economy doing the same or avoiding metropolitan areas. This paper will examine the head and branch locations of the top forty e-business integration firms in the U.S. The analysis of the distribution of these locations will provide insight to what regions most benefit from the Internet Economy. Further the data should provide a useful comparison to metropolitan trends for domain and connectivity agglomeration.

Keywords: Internet, economic development, e-business, cybergeography


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With support from the National Science Foundation, under the Urban Research Initiative
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