An Evaluation of the Connected Nation Broadband Adoption Program
30 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2018
Date Written: April 6, 2018
Closing the digital divide and increasing broadband adoption within households and communities continues to be a target for both government and nonprofit groups. While a large number of studies have examined policies and programs aimed at increasing infrastructure, little analysis to date has focused on evaluating efforts to increase adoption. One of the most well-known programs focused on adoption is Connected Nation which partnered with 12 states and provided local curricula aimed at closing the digital divide through increased adoption. This analysis focuses on the effectiveness of Connected Nation’s efforts by evaluating its impact on adoption rates using a generalized difference-in-difference methodology. While the results indicate there was no significant initial impact, there is evidence of a linear effect resulting in increased adoption 4 years after the program began. This paper represents a rigorous evaluation of one of the most well-known adoption-oriented programs, and emphasizes that effective use of broadband funds should include empirical analysis of what works.
Keywords: Broadband, Connected Nation, Generalized Difference-in-Differences
JEL Classification: O18, O22
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