Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Broadband and Jobs: African Americans Rely Heavily on Mobile Access and Social Networking in Job Search

Location:
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 805 Fifteenth Street, NW Second Floor, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

In this study, funded by the Joyce Foundation, the Joint Center explored the importance of Internet access to job search among African Americans. We found that African Americans are more likely than other segments of the population to use the Internet to seek and apply for employment, and are more likely to consider the Internet very important to the success of their job search. We also found that confidence in one’s own digital skills correlates with higher likelihood of using the Internet for job search, leading us to suggest that efforts to improve digital literacy would allow more people to take advantage of the dynamic employment tools that the Internet has to offer.

Broadband Adoption and Usage: What Has Four Years Taught Us?

Location:
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 805 Fifteenth Street, NW Second Floor, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

As a prelude to the February 7, 2013, Federal Communications Commission/National Telecommunications and Information Administration summit, Vice President and Media and Technology Institute Director Dr. John Horrigan has released a statement on broadband adoption knowledge since the release of the National Broadband Plan.

Building Broadband Adoption Infrastructure

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary Larry Strickling gave a speech at the Brookings Institution to discussing the progress of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP), funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Joint Center Urges Delay on Easing Media Ownership Rules

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

On December 13, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski urging the FCC to develop a robust record on minority and female broadcast media ownership before it considers relaxing rules intended to promote media ownership diversity.

Media Diversity: Why No One Cares

Location:
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 805 Fifteenth Street, NW Second Floor, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

How long should we wait for a regulatory or industry-led initiative to improve media diversity? Despite its mandate under Section 257 of the Communications Act, the Federal Communications Commission has failed to collect and aggregate minority ownership data in a form the public can use. With the exception of tiny glimmers of change in newsroom diversity, hiring, retention and promotion diversity at top media companies is dismal.

Commission on Presidential Debates Asked to Add Debates Moderated by Journalists of Color

Location:
Commission on Presidential Debates, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies sent a letter to Janet Brown, the Executive Director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, with concerns that the commission did not select any journalists of color to moderate any of the presidential debates being broadcast this year.

Horrigan to Lead Joint Center Media and Technology Institute

Location:
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 1090 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20005-4928, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color, has named Dr. John B. Horrigan to head its Media and Technology Institute, which is a hub for research on how minority Americans use media, broadband and other emerging communications technologies as avenues of advancement.

Joint Center Collaborates with Technology Council on Expanding Broadband Initiatives

Location:
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 1090 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20005-4928, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is the new convener of the National Technology Adoption Advisory Council (NTAAC), the bipartisan leadership forum of more than 120 municipal and state elected officials, and that the two organizations will synchronize their efforts to expand access to technology and support sustainable broadband initiatives across the nation.

The Social Cost of Wireless Taxation: Wireless Taxation and its Consequences for Minorities and the Poor

Location:
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 1090 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20005-4928, United States
Recommendation:
2

This paper presents an argument for why state and local governments should opt for comprehensive reform of taxes against wireless services, digital goods, and digital services and shares recent data on minority mobile broadband use.

Does Place Really Matter? Broadband Availability, Race and Income

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Recommendation:
3

New research assessing broadband availability mapping data released by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The study includes analyses of wireline and wireless access in high minority, low-income communities in three locations -- South Carolina, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Lower-Income and Less Educated Still Face Broad Digital Divide

Location:
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 1090 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20005-4928, United States
Recommendation:
3

More than 75% of Americans, across racial and ethnic groups, now use the Internet on a regular basis. Seventy-nine percent of Whites, 69% of African Americans, 59% of Hispanics, and more than 83% of other racial and ethnic minorities, including Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, Native Americans, and multiracial Americans are now online.

Joint Center Supports Clearinghouse, Cautions Against Locking Some Out

Recommendation:
2

The heart of the broadband clearinghouse should be an emphasis on how unserved and underserved communities adopt and utilize broadband.

Broadband Imperatives for African Americans

Recommendation:
3

A look at the disparities currently existing among different race and ethnic groups and the barriers African Americans are facing on broadband adoption.