Running parallel to the “smart city” discussion is the notion of inclusion; that is, a city is better off if a wide range of people participate in how it grows and evolves.
John B. Horrigan is senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute, with a focus on technology adoption, digital inclusion, and evaluating the outcomes and impacts of programs designed to promote communications technology adoption and use. He has served as an associate director for research at the Pew Research Center and was part of the leadership team at the Federal Communications Commission for the development of the National Broadband Plan (NBP). For the NBP, Horrigan was responsible for the plan’s recommendations on broadband adoption.
Horrigan is a nationally recognized leader on home broadband adoption patterns, the impact of connectivity on individuals, and strategies for closing adoption gaps. As a consultant, Horrigan is author of landmark reports on Comcast’s Internet Essentials program. The reports, The Essentials of Connectivity and Deepening Ties, demonstrate the impact of online access for low-income families with children and make recommendations on how to accelerate broadband adoption and usage. Horrigan has also written reports for the Aspen Institute, including Skirting Bottlenecks on the impact of evolving network technology on the broadband market and digital inclusion.
Horrigan has a PhD in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.