Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Information Systems and Decision Sciences

Major Professor

T. Grandon Gill, D.B.A.

Co-Major Professor

Richard Will, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Don Berndt, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Harvey Hyman, J.D., Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jerry W. Koehler, Ph.D.


Broadband, Case Research, Open Access, Public Policy


The goal of this dissertation is to not only explain the informing system discipline, but to explore cases from the perspective of the basic tenants of informing systems. The first essay explains what informing science is, the need for a transdiscipline, the channels of the Informing Science Institute informing system, and describes the clients of the ISI. The first essay ends with an analysis of the authors, institutions, and countries of origin for every ISI paper published between 1998 and 2009, as well as reporting interviews with the Editor-In-Chiefs of each ISI journal. The second essay investigates a case study of a last mile broadband initiative. This essay seeks to identify when it is necessary and appropriate for government to intervene in a municipality and provide broadband services. The final essay is an exploration and analysis of The Joint Interagency Field Experimentation event. This event serves as an example of an informing system specifically designed to facilitate structured and unstructured communications between various parties. This research was conducted to assess the nature of participant-impact resulting from attending JIFX, and to consider the consistency of the findings with the predictions of various theoretical frameworks used in informing science.