Research

Testing the economics of the net neutrality debate

This paper examines the impacts of net neutrality rule changes in the United States in 2010, 2015, and 2017 on telecommunication industry investment levels.

Mobile Experience in Rural USA - An Operator Comparison

US mobile operators are launching 5G networks in a multitude of cities, with urban smartphone users now experiencing some of the 

Scoping New Policy Frameworks for Local Broadband Networks

Over many years, locally-initiated and operated broadband infrastructure projects have attempted to resolve the last-mile dilemma.

Increasing Low-Income Broadband Adoption through Private Incentives

A long-standing public policy goal has been ensuring that almost all citizens are connected to some minimum level of communications services.

CBO Scores the Secure 5G And Beyond Act

The Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2019 (S.

FCC Should Take Efforts to Promote Tribal Access to Spectrum

In 2018, the GAO released a report related to spectrum use for broadband services by tribal entities and selected updates.

The Homework Gap: Teacher Perspectives on Closing the Digital Divide

In 2018, Common Sense conducted a national survey and focus groups to understand the challenges and promise of technology use in the classroom for learning.

Who pays for local news in the US?

A majority of US adults believe their local news media are doing well financially (71%), even as only 14% say they have paid for local news themselves in the past year, either through subscribing, donating or becoming a member.

Key findings about the online news landscape in America

Key findings about the way Americans get news online – as well as how digital newsrooms in the US are faring:

Millennials stand out for their technology use, but older generations also embrace digital life

Millennials have often led older Americans in their adoption and use of technology, and this largely holds true today.