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John Horrigan - Rapporteur, Participant

John B. Horrigan is a Senior Researcher at the Pew Research Center where he focuses on libraries, communities, and technology. He rejoined the Pew Research Center in January 2015, having been with Pew before from 2000 to 2009. In 2009, he joined the leadership team at the Federal Communications Commission and he led development of the broadband adoption and usage portion of the National Broadband Plan. After that, he has served in senior positions at the Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies and TechNet.

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. He is also author of “Schools and Broadband Speeds” for the LEAD Commission and the Alliance for Excellent Education, which explores gaps in high-speed Internet at schools serving low-income and minority students.

Horrigan has a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.



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