Publications

A Roadmap for Affordable Broadband: Lessons from the Emergency Broadband Benefit

February 2, 2022

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The EBB program was created to mitigate the short-term impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable households, reducing the cost burden of broadband connectivity for recipients. As the program transitions into a longer-term subsidy, it is important to take stock of its impact and adjust course as needed. Overall, the findings of this study…

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Broadband Affordability and the Emergency Broadband Benefit in California

October 26, 2021

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This Policy Brief examines broadband affordability and awareness about low-cost options (including the Emergency Broadband Benefit) in California. The study is 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…

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“This gig is not for women”: Gender stereotyping in online hiring

May 5, 2021

Authors: Hernan Galperin

This study examines gender segregation in the context of the so-called gig economy. In particular, it explores the role that stereotypes about male and female occupations play in sorting men and women into different jobs in an online freelance marketplace. The findings suggest that gender stereotypes are particularly salient in online hiring because employers typically…

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CETF-USC Statewide Broadband Adoption Survey: Closing the Homework Gap in California

May 5, 2021

Authors: Stephen Aguilar, Hernan Galperin

Since 2008, the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) has conducted a statewide survey to assess California’s progress towards closing the 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 uneven across regions and groups. With the onset of the COVID-19…

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CETF-USC Statewide Broadband Adoption Survey: Supporting Sustainability and Expanding Learning and Health Services through Broadband Investments

May 5, 2021

Authors: Hernan Galperin, François Bar, Dorian Traube, Thai Le

The COVID-10 pandemic has dramatically changed transit patterns and disrupted the delivery of basic public goods such as education and health. At the same time, it has also brought to the forefront new opportunities afforded by broadband-enabled applications in remote work, telehealth and remote learning. As California emerges from the pandemic, it is important to…

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CETF-USC Statewide Broadband Adoption Survey: Internet Adoption and the Digital Divide in California

April 11, 2021

Authors: Dr. Hernan Galperin, Thai V. Le

INTERNET ADOPTION AND THE “DIGITAL DIVIDE” IN CALIFORNIA The 2021 Statewide Survey on Broadband Adoption was conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC), led by Associate Professor Hernan Galperin, as part of a new research partnership between CETF and USC. The findings show that the share of California residents with Internet access…

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How far is California from high-speed broadband Internet for all?

January 6, 2021

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This study examines how far is California from the goal of making 100Mbps broadband available to all as laid out by Governor Gavin Newsom in August 2020. The study also discusses the broadband proposals (AB-14 and SB-4) currently before the CA legislature. Among the key study findings are: The vast majority of Californians (94.2%) live…

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Mapping the distance learning gap in CA

April 30, 2020

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This Connected Communities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG) report that examines the ability of K-12 students in California to engage in distance learning based on the availability of an internet-connected computer at home.   Among the key report findings are:   One in four K-12 households in California do not have a desktop or laptop computer…

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COVID-19 and the Distance Learning Gap

April 19, 2020

Authors: Hernan Galperin, Kurt Wyatt, Thai Le

As schools across the country transition to distance learning due to the COVID-19 crisis, a new CCIG report documents the extent of the distance learning gap in Los Angeles County. The distance learning gap refers to the gap between students living in households with high-speed Internet and a desktop or laptop computer, and those without…

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Who Gets Access to Fast Broadband? Evidence from Los Angeles County 2014-17

October 8, 2019

Authors: Hernan Galperin, Thai Le, Kurt Daum

Abstract: As consolidation in the US residential broadband market continues, there is concern that that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are “cherry-picking” areas for upgrades to fast broadband services.  This policy brief examines this question for Los Angeles (LA) County during the 2014-17 period. In particular, it probes for evidence that ISPs are neglecting investments in low-income…

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