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Reports that employ attempts to inform communications policymaking in a systematically and scientific manner.

Federal E-Rate Program Dramatically Expands High-Speed Internet Access for Schools

Location:
EducationSuperHighway, 1 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, United States

In 2013, only 4 million students had access to broadband that provided internet fast enough to allow for digital learning in the classroom. Now, four years later, that number has catapulted to 39.2 million, thanks to the modernization of a federal program and a broad bipartisan coalition of federal and state lawmakers and policymakers dedicated to the cause.

Science News and Information Today

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

At a time when scientific information is increasingly at the center of public divides, most Americans say they get science news no more than a couple of times per month, and when they do, most say it is by happenstance rather than intentionally.

How to increase trust in the media: Just forget the First Amendment

Location:
Northwestern University in Qatar , RN, Qatar

How can news outlets improve their standing in the eyes of the public? If a study published by Northwestern University in Qatar is any indication, then the key to a higher level of trust might be a lower level of free speech.

Does bridging the Internet Access Divide contribute to enhancing countries' integration into the global trade in services markets?

Location:
World Trade Organization, Rue de Lausanne 154, Geneva, Switzerland

This paper examines the impact of countries' distance between their Internet usage and the world' average of the Internet usage intensity on their integration into the world market of trade in commercial services.

Additional Stakeholder Input Could Inform FCC Actions to Promote Broadband Competition

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

The Government Accountability Office was asked to examine factors affecting broadband competition. This report covers (1) selected experts’ and stakeholders’ views on factors affecting broadband competition and (2) how Federal Communications Commission promotes broadband competition and examines consumers’ experience with it.

2017 State of the States Report

Location:
EducationSuperHighway, 1 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, United States

More than 39 million students in America now have access to high-speed Internet at school, a 5.1 million student increase over last year.

Rural Telecom Economics: Telergee Report Finds Revenues Up, Profits Down

Location:
Telergee Alliance, 8215 Nashville Avenue, Lubbock, TX, 79423, United States

The average small rural telecommunications company saw revenues increase in 2016 but profitability declined in comparison with the previous year.

How to Fight ‘Fake News’ (Warning: It Isn’t Easy)

Location:
USA, United States

In a report published recently in Psychological Science, a team of academics reviewed two decades of research to better understand how to effectively debunk misinformation.

Adoption Persistence: a longitudinal study of digital inclusion impact

Location:
Asbury Community Services, 1101 Ashbury Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44106, United States

The survey effort recontacted 429 past participants of the Connect Your Community project that had participated in a 2012 impact survey and produced findings that show the long-term and continuing impact of high-touch digital inclusion efforts 5 years after project completion.

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Tapping Technology to Enhance Civic Engagement

City leaders often struggle to engage citizens in the civic arena. How can we encourage busy people with limited time to become active participants in the public process? How can municipalities hear from a wider range of constituents, particularly those who have not traditionally engaged? And how can technology be used to enhance and improve civic engagement?

In Response to Criticisms of Phoenix Center Research on Net Neutrality

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States

Free Press, get offa my lawn.

Signs of digital distress: Mapping Broadband Availability and Subscription in American Neighborhoods

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

The following research assesses both components of the digital divide, and for the first time studies them in every American metropolitan area and neighborhood. Identifying local gaps—and not just in where telecommunications infrastructure goes, but also who subscribes to it—more comprehensively portrays the extent of digital disconnect.

America's insatiable wireless appetite

Location:
USA, United States

In many ways, the release of the first iPhone 10 years ago launched the smartphone era. Since then, mobile data consumption has skyrocketed and, in the process, helped turn wireless companies into digital media conglomerates.

About 6 in 10 young adults in U.S. primarily use online streaming to watch TV

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The rise of online streaming services such as Netflix and HBO Go has dramatically altered the media habits of Americans, especially young adults.

Tagging fake news on Facebook doesn't work, study says

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Facebook touts its partnership with outside fact-checkers as a key prong in its fight against fake news, but a major new Yale University study finds that fact-checking and then tagging inaccurate news stories on social media doesn’t work.

Boxed In 2016-17: Women On Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television

Location:
San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, San Diego, CA, 92182, United States

For the last 20 years, Boxed In has tracked women’s representation in prime-time television.

US Wireless Industry Is Finally Competitive, FCC Says

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

For the first time since 2009, the Federal Communications Commission has concluded there is “effective competition” in the US wireless market.

How People Approach Facts and Information

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

A new Pew Research Center survey explores these five broad dimensions of people’s engagement with information and finds that a couple of elements particularly stand out when it comes to their enthusiasm: their level of trust in information sources and their interest in learning, particularly about digital skills.

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Presenting the Initial Charles Benton Junior Scholar Award

Location:
George Mason University School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, 22201, United States

Benton believes we need to have a robust debate about what “in the public interest” means in the Digital Age. We’re proud to support the Charles Benton Junior Scholar Award so we can encourage new voices and views in telecommunications debates.

Informing Strategic Investment in Digital Equity: Cleveland/Cuyahoga County

Location:
Cleveland, OH, United States

Commissioned by the Cleveland Foundation, this report’s purpose is to guide the Foundation's staff and partners as they strategically determine how best to dedicate resources toward digital literacy, internet access and broad technological empowerment.

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Presenting the Initial Charles Benton Junior Scholar Award

I am thrilled to be back at TPRC and must say that somewhere my father is beaming with pride that we are honoring him by creating the Charles Benton Junior Scholar Award.

Where the Digital Divide Is the Worst

Location:
USA, United States

Despite the continued proliferation of the internet and new digital devices, many low-income communities still lack internet access. Slightly less than half of all households with incomes under $20,000 reported having internet access in the Census Bureau’s most recent American Community Survey.

Understanding the Trend to Mobile-Only Connections for Internet Access: A Decomposition Analysis

Location:
SSRN, 1239 University Ave, Rochester, NY, 14607, United States

Household internet access via a mobile-only connection increased from 8.86% in 2011 to 20.00% in 2015. This paper uses national data to model the propensity of a mobile-only connection via logistic regressions.

Geographic Patterns and Socio-Economic Influences on Internet Use in U.S. States: A Spatial and Multivariate Analysis

Location:
SSRN, 1239 University Ave, Rochester, NY, 14607, United States

Discourse and interest in the digital divide research community is steadily shifting beyond access and adoption to utilization, impact, and outcomes of information and communications technologies (ICTs), particularly the internet

A New study shows that Fox News is more powerful than we ever imagined

Location:
Emory University, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30322, United States

A new study in the American Economic Review, with an intriguing and persuasive methodology, finds that Fox News could influence how Americans vote, perhaps even tipping elections.

Decentralized Social Networks Sound Great. Too Bad They'll Never Work.

Location:
MIT Media Lab, 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02139, United States

The three of us investigated several of the most promising efforts to “re-decentralize” the web, to better understand their potential to shake up the dominance of Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

US Rural Mobile Broadband Speeds are 20.9% Slower Than Urban

Location:
USA, United States

T-Moble and Verizon Wireless were the two big winners of the 2017 U.S. Market Report by Ookla, which measures broadband performance for wireless networks. Overall, Ookla’s data found that U.S. mobile broadband download speeds have increased by 19% during the past year to reach 22.69 Mbps.

Three Papers Using NTIA Data to be Presented at Research Conference

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States

Sept 8, three research papers using National Telecommunications & Information Administration's Digital Nation survey data will be presented at the 45th Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC) an annual conference attended by researchers, policymakers, and advocates from the public, academic, and private sectors.

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Gigabit Citizenship

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

What does gigabit civic engagement look like? The initial winners of the Charles Benton Next Generation Engagement Award demonstrate not just what “could be” but what “is”. Civic engagement is about working to make a positive difference in the life of our communities. It is about developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference. It means improving the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

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Gigabit Citizenship

What does gigabit civic engagement look like? The initial winners of the Charles Benton Next Generation Engagement Award demonstrate not just what “could be” but what “is”. Civic engagement is about working to make a positive difference in the life of our communities. It is about developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference. It means improving the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

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