August 18, 2020 — The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published a notice in the Federal Register [Docket No. 2000813-0218] requesting comments and recommendations for suggested changes to their Internet Use Survey. These recommendations can either suggest new questions to expand on existing topics covered in the survey or delete irrelevant/unnecessary questions. Further, the NTIA would also like feedback on whether existing survey questions should receive any modifications.
This survey is one of the NTIA’s long-standing questionnaires and is distributed to approximately 50,000 homes across the United States. It supplements the periodically administered Current Population Survey (CPS) that gages national labor force statistics and unemployment rates and provides invaluable information on digital use. The survey assesses a range of topics about digital inclusion and other internet policy issues, including the adoption of different types of devices and internet access technology. It also evaluates the challenges and barriers that prevent people from maximizing the internet as a resource. The notice requests comments on or before September 17, 2020 [Source: Federal Register].