The Digital Equality research team pioneered a method for projecting the rates of broadband subscription and computer ownership at the county and regional level. We use national-level data published by the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) that compares the rates of connectedness across important demographic categories such as income, education level, race/ethnicity, and age to project the likely rates of connectedness in a smaller geographic region, based on the demographic makeup of that region according to data from the US Census Bureau’s American Communities Survey. Using the method laid out below to estimate the rates of connection and disconnection for each of the California Connects counties is helping us to develop a full quantitative understanding of the problems that California Connects is addressing.
Click here for full profiles of the demographics of each of the California Connects counties and projected rates of broadband (non)subscribership and computer (non)ownership. Using the above methodology we were able to develop the following tables:
A profile for the United States as a whole is given below:
A profile for the California as a whole is given below:
A profile for the California Connects service area as a whole is given below: