Bridging the Digital Divide

Sponsor: ITA, DWP, Street Services

University: USC

This project aimed at helping find which areas lacked Broadband in LA City. It built upon prior research by Hernan Galprin ( and team at USC. We ported the existing research( from Census defined PUMAs to Council Districts.


We identified over 100 census blocks without a broadband provider. Additionally, we found a large number of council districts where average service may be high, but there are a plurality of census blocks with 0 or 1 providers, changing the conversation we are having with providers.