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Connected Nation’s Research Team Shares Insights on Internet Usage at the MASAL Conference

By Wil Payton

Connected Nation staffers will leave the confines of their research domain this week and travel to a more scholarly venue in Michigan where they will present at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters (MASAL) annual conference on March 2.

Chris McGovern, manager, Research Development, and Hongqiang Sun, research analyst, will give a presentation titled Portrait of the Internet Power User: Demographic Indicators of Frequent Internet Usage. Their report goes beyond subscriber numbers to see how people are really using broadband service at home.

“We’re interested not only in broadband availability and adoption, but also in usage,” said Chris. “Just getting a family connected to broadband doesn’t mean they’ll magically benefit from all the economic and educational opportunities it provides - it’s important for people not only to subscribe to broadband, but to really use it.”

The MASAL conference, hosted this year by Alma College, draws 400-500 scholars from colleges and universities (including faculty, administrators, graduate students, and undergraduate students with faculty sponsors), research institutes, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and businesses across Michigan, the nation, and a few foreign countries. Participants at the conference will exchange updates on current research from their own fields and have the rare opportunity to interact with colleagues from a wide range of other fields.

MASAL is a regional professional organization of scholars. Its main activity is the annual meeting (usually March), its quarterly journal of papers (the Michigan Academician), and research news from Michigan universities and colleges. It also awards annually the Kapp Prize for outstanding undergraduate research presented at its annual meeting.

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I am interested to know what they have found out. Is it possible to get a copy of the presentation?

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