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Heterogeneous Impacts of Rural Broadband and Broadband Programs

AAEA annual meeting track session

In the 2022 AAEA Annual Meeting session “Heterogeneous Impacts of Rural Broadband and Broadband Programs” authors discuss expanding access to reliable and affordable high-speed broadband is a high priority for policy makers. Yet evidence is limited on the impacts of broadband programs and broadband speeds on different populations and types of businesses. Two of the papers in this session estimate impacts of the largest broadband program implemented by USDA to date – the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP). One paper investigates impacts of BIP on households’ adoption of broadband and individuals’ use of telework, employment, and wages by race and ethnicity using BIP data and American Community Survey microdata. A second paper investigates impacts of BIP on growth and survival of minority-owned and women-owned businesses using BIP and National Establishment Time Series data. The third paper investigates impacts of broadband speeds on business growth and survival and the heterogeneity of impacts, also using business establishment-level data.

Presentations in this session:

  • Impacts of the BIP on Broadband Adoption, Employment, Telework, and Wages by Race and Ethnicity
    Presented by: John L. Pender
  • Impacts of the Broadband Initiatives Program on Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Businesses
    Presented by: Kelsey L. Conley
  • Does Faster Broadband Mean Faster Growth for Rural Businesses?
    Presented by: Christina Biedny

This session will take place on August 1, 2022 at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Pacific in the room Elite 2 at the Marriott Anaheim and virtual.

If you are interested in attending the 2022 AAEA Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, please send a completed complimentary media registration to Allison Ware in the AAEA Business Office. You can also learn more on our Annual Meeting Media Kit page. All registrants will have full access to all session’s virtual component.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes three journals, the Journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (an open access journal), the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

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