TWC Helps Study Broadband Adoption for Older Adults

$20K Stipend Is Part of Research Program on Digital Communications

Time Warner Cable said it will provide a $20,000 stipend as part of its Research Program on Digital Communications to help fund a study into broadband adoption for older adults.

The stipend will support a research initiative entitled Older Adults and Broadband Adoption: Where Do We Go From Here? And written by Debra Berlyn, executive director of The Project to Get Older Adults onLine (GOAL) and John Horrigan, senior fellow at the Joint Center of Political and Economic Studies.

The project will examine current trends in broadband and technology adoption among older adults, with the aim of identifying successful initiatives that demonstrate the value of staying connected while bolstering digital skills and literacy.

“We are excited to contribute to a deeper understanding of broadband and digital communications policy with respect to older adults, said Fernando Laguarda, director of the Research Program and Vice President for External Affairs and Policy Counselor at Time Warner Cable. “We look forward to learning from this work and promoting best practices to advance technological inclusion.”

Time Warner Cable’s Research Program on Digital Communications engages scholars to increase understanding of the benefits and challenges facing digital technologies in the home, office, classroom and community. In September, the Research Program announced an upcoming collaboration with the LGBT Technology Partnership to examine the digital communications needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.  The Research Program previously worked with the National Urban League to publish Connecting the Dots, considering how broadband adoption can enhance job creation and competitiveness.

“I am pleased Time Warner Cable is providing the opportunity for Project GOAL to conduct this data-driven analysis of older adults’ broadband adoption trends,” Berlyn said in a statement. “The work will be conducted under the leadership of the preeminent researcher in this field, Dr. John Horrigan.  While this study will examine current broadband adoption trends, it will also address the more critical question of “where do we go from here,” to ensure the utilization of the innovative services broadband technology delivers to older adults.”

The most recent stipend is the latest of awards made for the 2013 cycle. Awards were also made during 2010, 2011 and 2012. To date, the Research Program has made 22 awards to 30 leading researchers. The next deadline for stipend applications is April 1, 2014.