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Does Place Really Matter? Broadband Availability, Race, and Income
Ying Li, Ph.D.
Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D.
Samir Gambhir
Mikyung Baek, Ph.D.
April 2011

This paper presents three case studies in the state of South Carolina, and the cities of Chicago, IL, and Los Angeles, CA, with in-depth analyses of wireline and wireless access in high minority, low-income communities. The findings of the study concluded that broadband service is becoming much more ubiquitous in high minority, low-income communities, yet levels of adoption still remain relatively low. The study also concluded that race is not a significant explanatory variable for disparate broadband deployment, and despite the availability of mobile broadband in low-income, high minority areas, wireless coverage is still inconsistent within regions.


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