Work in this area is dedicated to topics related to broadband access, quality, digital skills and barriers to use, across rural and urban communities, to inform decisions aimed at narrowing digital divides.
Crowdsourcing of Improved Broadband Data
This collaborative project with Merit Network, Ann Arbor, involves the development tools to collect more granular information on the availability and uses of broadband. Specifically, data sources, such as FCC Form 477, can be analyzed in conjunction with new consumer- sourced data to improve the accuracy of broadband availability data and enable us to identify areas where access or speed appears to be under- or over-estimated. Considering that any source of data will have strengths and weaknesses, strategically using multiple sources of data can advance the quality of data to inform decision making. Making these combined data sets open and publicly available will enhance their utility and reliability.
Project Lead: Laleah Fernandez, Keith Hampton, Johannes M. Bauer
Publications and working papers:
- Quello Center and Merit Network (2018, July). ‘Citizen Enabled Advances in Broadband Availability Data.’ Submitted July, 16, 2018 to U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Docket No. 180427421– 8421–01 RIN 0660–XC042.
Funding: This project has been approved by the Michigan State University IRB. We are currently seeking funding through sources such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Microsoft.