New survey designed to see just how connected Philadelphia actually is

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July 14, 2021 - 12:45pm


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July 14, 2021 - 12:41pm

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This article describes a survey the city of Philadelphia is plannnig to condut on conjunction with Wilco Electronic Systems. The survey is planned to be a phone survey of 2,500 people.

John Horrigan, former research director of the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications Commission, says, “The survey will examine not just the size of the city’s digital divide, but also whether residents’ views on whether digital tools meet their connectivity needs for critical purposes such as schoolwork and telehealth.”

The survey is voluntarily and anonymous, conducted in six languages, and will run for one month. Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney urged any household who recieves the call to partake in the survey.

I hope the results are made public, it would be fascinating to look at and comapre to how our respondents discussed their internet


McDonald, Tom. 2021. “A New Survey Will Determine How Wide the Digital Divide Is in Philly.” WHYY (blog). June 15, 2021.



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Tom McDonald, 14 July 2021, "New survey designed to see just how connected Philadelphia actually is", contributed by Andrew Rosenthal, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 14 July 2021, accessed 10 December 2023.