Since 2008, the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) has administered a statewide survey that seeks to assess California’s progress towards closing the digital divide in broadband connectivity across the state. Over the years, the results have shown a steady increase in broadband adoption, though the gains have been unequal across regions and subpopulations. Under a new research partnership between CETF and USC, Prof. Hernan Galperin is leading the implementation of the 2021 CETF-USC Broadband Adoption survey. The research team includes Prof. François Bar, Prof. Dorian Traube (USC School of Social Work) and Prof. Stephen Aguilar (USC School of Education), with research assistance from Thai Le (doctoral candidate, USC Price School of Public Policy).
The results of the 2021 CETF-USC survey have been published in three separate reports:
- Internet Adoption and the Digital Divide in California (pdf)
- Supporting Sustainability and Expanding Learning and Health Service through Broadband Investments (pdf) (co-authors: Prof. Dorian Traube, Prof. François Bar, Thai V. Le)
- Closing the Homework Gap in California: Promoting Broadband for K-12 Families Beyond the Pandemic (pdf) (co-authors: Prof. Stephen Aguilar).