Barriers to Broadband Adoption: FCC-Commissioned Study Briefing

, 11:30am –
2261 Rayburn House Office Building, 50 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) unveil the study findings of the SSRC in its report, Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities, March 2 at an event hosted by the American Library Association (ALA). The FCC commissioned the study to help inform their understanding of barriers to broadband adoption and to shape the National Broadband Plan due to Congress on March 17 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The presenters will discuss the contexts for understanding barriers to broadband adoption. Such challenges vary from price to skill and language barriers to the challenges of community-based organizations, such as libraries, in providing broadband access for those without it at home as well as instruction on using the Internet. After the program, participants will take questions from the audience. Presenters include: John Horrigan, Consumer Research Director, FCC; Mark Lloyd, Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer; Dharma Dailey, Independent Researcher, SSRC; Amelia Bryne, Independent Researcher, SSRC; and Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director, ALA Washington Office. For additional information on this event, please call the American Library Association at 202-628-8410.