Internet Access Expert Interview
Broadband consultant for Idaho libraries, Dylan Baker, discusses survey findings, themes, and considerations.
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In this interview, I chat with Dylan Baker, Broadband Consultant for the Idaho Commission for Libraries. Check it out!
Also, hyperlinks to highlights are below if you want to skip to the good stuff.
- What Make Idaho Better is about.
- What does a Broadband Consultant do for the Idaho Commission for Libraries?
- Some people drive 70 miles, once a week, to their closest library to do their online tasks. Wow!
- Why we did this survey: 2020 Census and concerns about participation due to internet access challenges.
- We didn’t hear from people that aren’t able to access the internet.
- Which counties have more challenges than others.
- How much not having access would change your life.
- What people would give up before the internet. (What does it mean that so many would give up “local gatherings?”)
- Use case: a closeted gay high school kid in rural Idaho.
- Why weren’t people as into “Expressing Yourself?”
- The Data Security findings were fascinating.
- The age breakdown on concerns about “Less offline interactions” is intriguing.
- Why the survey comments are so important: privilege. Some people realize this, and some people don’t.