Today, Centri Tech and Centri Tech Foundation joined partners Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc., researcher Dr. John B. Horrigan, and research firm SSRS to support the City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Fund in launching the Philadelphia Household Internet Assessment.
“For decades, Wilco has been dedicated to bridging technology gaps on behalf of the City of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable communities,” said Brigitte Daniel Corbin, Chief Executive Officer of Wilco. “As we all continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we are honored to join forces with our trusted partner Centri Tech in support of this historic undertaking by the City and PHLConnectED. Gathering new, inclusive data that measures digital impact will be seminal to the City’s ongoing efforts to provide internet access and digital tools.”
“Philadelphia’s citywide survey will examine not just the size of the city’s digital divide, but also residents’ views on whether digital tools meet their connectivity needs for critical purposes such as schoolwork and telehealth,” said John Horrigan, former Research Director for the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications Commission. “The survey will also examine reasons why people lack critical tools for access and thereby help inform strategies to close gaps for households with children, low-income households, older adults, and communities of color.”