Which Digital Divide? Measuring Age, Voter Participation, and Broadband Access in the DTV Transition of 2009

 

This study investigates demand for one component of the broadband bundle, namely
video. Using TV converter box coupon data from the Digital Television Transition of 2009, I
estimate drivers of demand for video. I measure demographic, voting, and broadband access
variables such as age, gender, household size, income per capita, voter participation, election
outcome, population density, and broadband availability. Results show that a digital divide may
be explained in zip codes with older populations above age 70, higher median age, higher voter
participation rates, and less broadband availability. JEL: K20, K23, O38

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