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John Horrigan - Rapporteur, Participant

John Horrigan is an independent communications and technology policy consultant and a Senior Fellow at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Horrigan’s work focuses on consumers’ use of information and communications technologies and drivers of broadband adoption and usage.

Before joining the Joint Center, Horrigan was Vice President for Policy and Research at TechNet, where he developed research characterizing the job impacts of mobile applications and wrote reports on progress on broadband adoption since the delivery of the National Broadband Plan (NBP). Horrigan also authored TechNet’s 2012 “State Broadband Index” that ranks U.S. states on where they stand on broadband adoption and deployment. He has served as a consultant for the Partnership for Connected Illinois and to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s “Broadband Adoption Toolkit.” 

In 2009-10, Horrigan was part of FCC Chairman Genachowski’s leadership team tasked with developing the NBP. In that capacity, he developed the research agenda for the “Inclusion” portion of the NBP and conducted the FCC’s first national survey on broadband adoption and usage. Before that, he spent nine years at the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Horrigan received his Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. in government and economics from the University of Virginia.



Media and Technology Institute,
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies


Senior Research Fellow


In Association With

Denver University