Resource Center | White Papers

Digital Nation: Expanding Internet Usage, an NTIA Review

The Internet is an extraordinary platform for innovation, economic growth, and social communication. It has become the backbone of a global digital infrastructure and an integral part of the information economy. Statistical reports on job growth and retail sales show the importance of the Internet economy. Between 1998 and 2008, the number of domestic information technology jobs grew 26 percent—four times faster than employment in the United States as a whole. Moreover, global online transactions currently total an estimated $10 trillion annually.

Broadband Adoption in Low Income Communities

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) was commissioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to analyse the factors shaping the low rate of adoption of home broadband services in low income and other maginalized communities. The resulting study is one of the only large scale qualitative investigation of barriers to adoption in the US and complements recent FCC survey research on adoption designed to inform the National Broadband Plan.

Achieving Universal Broadband: Policies for Stimulating Deployment and Demand

Released at APT's 2007 Policy Forum, this report identifies the critical need for universal broadband, examines gaps in current policies and recommends a number of reforms that would promote the ubiquitous deployment of and access to high speed networks and services.

The Digital Inclusion Roundtable at the W2i Digital Cities Convention: Year One in Review

Based on the proceedings from Los Angeles, Taipei, London, Philadelphia, and Tempe, Arizona. The Digital Inclusion Roundtable was conceived by the Wireless Internet Institute (W2i) in early 2006 and launched at the 7th W2i Digital Cities Convention in Los Angeles, May 25-26, 2006. This paper provides an overview of the first year of activities.

The W2i Framework for Digital Inclusion Metrics: A W2i Report

The W2i Framework for Digital Inclusion Metrics is based on the findings of the Digital Inclusion Roundtable at the W2i Digital Cities Convention; in particular, the meetings in Philadelphia (December 2006) and Tempe, Arizona (February 2007). It provides a flexible set of parameters for municipalities evaluating digital-inclusion initiatives.

Federal Communications Commission: Broadband Adoption and Use in America Survey

The FCC conducted a survey of 5,005 Americans in October and November 2009 in an effort to understand the state of broadband adoption and use, as well as barriers facing those who do not have broadband at home.

Pew Internet: Home Broadband Adoption 2009 Report

Home broadband adoption stood at 63% of adult Americans as of April 2009, up from 55% in May, 2008. The latest findings of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project mark a departure from the stagnation in home high-speed adoption rates that had prevailed from December, 2007 through December, 2008. During that period, Project surveys found that home broadband penetration remained in a narrow range between 54% and 57%.

Consumer Insights to America’s Broadband Challenge

A central question in this research series is, “Who are the people who have not yet adopted broadband?” This, of course, begs the next question, “why?” When examining various demographic groups, there are specific (and predictable) segments which stand out as having lower than average rates of computer ownership and home broadband adoption. They include minorities, people with disabilities, older age groups, low-income residents, and those who have not attended college.

Barriers to Broadband Adoption: a Report to the FCC

The Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute (ACLP) at New York Law School submits this Report to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use during the development of its national broadband plan. This Report focuses on two demographic groups – Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities – and on four sectors of the economy – Telemedicine, Energy, Education, and Government – that stand to benefit greatly from more robust utilization of broadband but, for the reasons discussed herein, face a number of barriers to further adoption of broadband and broadband-enabled technologies.

Bridging the Digital Divide for Hard-to-Reach Groups: a Report

Sponsored by the IBM Center for the Business of Government, this reports is a collaboration between Heike Boeltzig, Research Associate, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts–Boston and Doria Pilling, Senior Visiting Research Fellow Health Care Research Unit, City University London.

W2i Webinar Presentations: How to Boost Broadband Adoption

Presentations from the February 4, 2010 W2i Webinar: How to Boost Broadband Adoption"