New Policy Brief examines broadband affordability in California

A new CCIG Policy Brief examines broadband affordability and awareness about low-cost options (including the Emergency Broadband Benefit) in California. The study was based on a survey of 2,143 households collected in August 2021. The survey was generously funded by the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF).

Among the key study findings are:

For the vast majority (nearly 70%) of low-income California households that subscribe to residential broadband, the cost of service exceeds the FCC affordability threshold of 2% of disposable household income.About a quarter (24%) of low-income households that subscribe to residential broadband reported having cut on other essential expenses (“such as health care,… Read More » “New Policy Brief examines broadband affordability in California”

Digital Inclusion Project: USC PEW CETF Expert Advisory Panel

Source: California Emerging Technology Fund

In partnership with the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) and with the support of the Pew Charitable Trust, the ARNIC research team led by Professor François Bar and Hernán Galperin are researching to identify effective and sustainable strategies to provide affordable Internet to all Americans.

An Expert Advisory Panel of well-known leaders will offer valuable insights into the design and review of the study.

Orson Aguilar

Orson Aguilar served as President of The Greenlining Institute for 11 years,… Read More » “Digital Inclusion Project: USC PEW CETF Expert Advisory Panel”

Hernan Galperin Speaks at the Connecting California 2021 event

ARNIC director Professor Hernan Galperin recently spoke at a panel titled Race and Digital Inequity: The Impact on Poor Communities. The panel is organized by The Michelson 20MM Foundation, in partnership with the California Community Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Southern California Grantmakers.

The event featured leading digital equity experts. The speakers at the panel include Los Angeles County Supervisor, Holly J. Mitchell; Professor Hernan Galperin at USC; the Economic and Digital Inclusion Program Manager at The City of Long Beach,… Read More » “Hernan Galperin Speaks at the Connecting California 2021 event”

Celebrate 5 years of Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Awards with ARNIC awardees

This year is the fifth year since TPRC and the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society have launched the TPRC Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Awards. In her address to the community, Adrianne B. Furniss, the Executive Director of the Benton Institute, recaps the achievements of previous winners. We are proud to have three ARNIC members winning the award in the past five years. Let’s celebrate this special moment with them!

In 2018,… Read More » “Celebrate 5 years of Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Awards with ARNIC awardees”

ARNIC members presented at TPRC

Our ARNIC member Dr. Erezi Ogbo presented her paper titled Acceptance and Effective Use of Virtual Assistants, co-authored with Professor Janice Hauge. In this paper, they investigate how individuals use virtual assistants to complete various household tasks. They further identify characteristics that are associated with individuals’ willingness and ability to use virtual assistants effectively. 

Associate Professor and ARNIC Director Hernan Galperin moderated a panel at the 49th Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC). The panel features three research papers…. Read More » “ARNIC members presented at TPRC”

ARNIC and CETF Collaborate on Research to Expand Affordable Broadband

In partnership with the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) and with the support of the Pew Charitable Trust, the ARNIC research team led by Professor François Bar and Hernán Galperin are researching to identify effective and sustainable strategies to provide affordable Internet to all Americans.

The research team is looking for models that can produce high returns on investment to help decision-makers, Internet service providers (ISP), and corporate, educational, and philanthropic leaders. The team is reviewing models include direct subsidy vouchers provided to qualified consumers,… Read More » “ARNIC and CETF Collaborate on Research to Expand Affordable Broadband”

Meet our new postdoctoral researcher – Erezi Ogbo

This academic year, Dr. Erezi Ruth Ogbo will join ARNIC as a postdoctoral associate researcher. She will be working with Professor Hernan Galperin and Professor François Bar on issues of the digital divide. Erezi has exciting ongoing research projects and is willing to share her research with the ARNIC community!

What are your general research interests?

I am interested in developing solutions to bridge the digital divide. My research primarily examines user acceptance of technology,… Read More » “Meet our new postdoctoral researcher – Erezi Ogbo”

ARNIC Research Team Presents at the 2021 AOM Annual Meeting

ARNIC alumni Nathaniel Ming Curran (now an assistant professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University), ARNIC member Lichen Zhen and ARNIC’s director Professor Hernan Galperin presented their paper at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Their paper is entitled Race and Gender in the Gig Economy: Evidence from Online Language Learning. 

This paper is part of ARNIC’s ongoing research project on discrimination and inequality in the gig economy…. Read More » “ARNIC Research Team Presents at the 2021 AOM Annual Meeting”

Inviting applications for a Digital Equity Postdoctoral Fellowship

We invite applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship during the 2021-2022 academic year, starting as soon as July 2021, focused broadly on issues of digital equity and broadband affordability. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work on a grant-funded research project analyzing how best to sustainably connect low-income and marginalized U.S. populations to high-speed internet service they can afford and use. The fellowship allows scholars to advance their research agenda in the field through formal and informal training and extensive collaboration with distinguished researchers. … Read More » “Inviting applications for a Digital Equity Postdoctoral Fellowship”

New publication: Skid Row Power Now! A Participatory Co-design Project to Power up Digital Devices in Skid Row

Prof. Bar and his team just published a new paper based on collaborative work with LA CAN (LA Community Action Network) that discusses the co-design project to bring power to cellphones for Skid Row residents. The paper will be presented at the ACM Communities & Technologies conference next month. Full cite below (the doi link won’t work until conference proceedings are published).

Paulina Lanz, Todd Cunningham, Hoan (Sarah) Nguyen, Pete White, and François Bar…. Read More » “New publication: Skid Row Power Now! A Participatory Co-design Project to Power up Digital Devices in Skid Row”