Broadband policy expert leads Joint Center Media and Tech Institute

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions, has named John B. Horrigan to head its Media and Technology Institute, which is a hub for research on how minority Americans use media, broadband and other emerging communications technologies as avenues of advancement.

Horrigan was associate director for research at the Pew Internet & American Life Project for nine years. Recently he served on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) team that developed the National Broadband Plan (NBP), where he created the research agenda for the plan’s digital inclusion elements. He also designed and conducted the FCC’s first national survey on broadband adoption and usage, the findings of which were highlighted in the NBP’s first working paper.

Since October 2010, Horrigan has been vice president of policy and research for TechNet, an organization of high-tech CEOs that promotes the innovation economy, where he manages the group’s telecom and technology policy work. At TechNet, he has conducted research on the job impacts of mobile applications and has produced reports on work force development and broadband adoption since the NBP came about.

Founded in 2008, the Joint Center Media and Technology Institute has been recognized for its work on minority inclusion in broadband access and adoption and particularly for its groundbreaking reports on minority adoption and use of broadband. Following the departure of founding director Nicol Turner-Lee earlier this year, it has been led on an interim basis by Joseph S. Miller, who will remain as deputy director and senior policy counsel.

“Our Media and Technology Institute has been steadily building an evidentiary record that is driving broadband policy and various partnerships aimed at leveraging the new communications technologies to create more opportunity for people in our communities,” said Ralph B. Everett, the Joint Center’s president and CEO.  “As one of the nation’s leading experts in this important field, Dr. Horrigan’s deep experience in digital inclusion and how people use the Internet will enable the Institute to expand its impact and influence.”

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Broadband policy expert leads Joint Center Media and Tech Institute

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions, has named John B. Horrigan to head its Media and Technology Institute, which is a hub for research on how minority Americans use media, broadband and other emerging communications technologies as avenues of advancement.

Horrigan was associate director for research at the Pew Internet & American Life Project for nine years. Recently he served on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) team that developed the National Broadband Plan (NBP), where he created the research agenda for the plan’s digital inclusion elements. He also designed and conducted the FCC’s first national survey on broadband adoption and usage, the findings of which were highlighted in the NBP’s first working paper.

Since October 2010, Horrigan has been vice president of policy and research for TechNet, an organization of high-tech CEOs that promotes the innovation economy, where he manages the group’s telecom and technology policy work. At TechNet, he has conducted research on the job impacts of mobile applications and has produced reports on work force development and broadband adoption since the NBP came about.

Founded in 2008, the Joint Center Media and Technology Institute has been recognized for its work on minority inclusion in broadband access and adoption and particularly for its groundbreaking reports on minority adoption and use of broadband. Following the departure of founding director Nicol Turner-Lee earlier this year, it has been led on an interim basis by Joseph S. Miller, who will remain as deputy director and senior policy counsel.

“Our Media and Technology Institute has been steadily building an evidentiary record that is driving broadband policy and various partnerships aimed at leveraging the new communications technologies to create more opportunity for people in our communities,” said Ralph B. Everett, the Joint Center’s president and CEO.  “As one of the nation’s leading experts in this important field, Dr. Horrigan’s deep experience in digital inclusion and how people use the Internet will enable the Institute to expand its impact and influence.”