Rhinesmith publishes on Philadelphia Hot Spots

Colin Rhinesmith, Research Scholar at the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) and doctoral student at the at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) just had an article published in the International Journal of Communication. The article, “Free Library Hot Spots: Supporting Broadband Adoption in Philadelphia’s Low-Income Communities,” is part of a special section on broadband adoption that was first presented at the Open Technology Institute (OTI) symposium. It suggests that internet use outside the home provides a context in which meaningful measures of broadband adoption can be developed. Rhinesmith’s results are based upon his research at the Free Library of Philadelphia Hot Spots and show how the sense of comfort (i.e., support, trust, safety, and respect) at the Hot Spots was important to residents as a precursor to technology access and use. The article further explains how important these factors are  in broadband policies to support sustainable broadband adoption in low-income communities.


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