Time Warner Cable to research LGBT communication needs

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Time Warner Cable (TWC) has announced a stipend for its Research Program on Digital Communications that will support research aiming to decipher the digital communication needs of LGBT consumers.

The $20,000 stipend will go to TWC’s National Broadband Plan, written collaboratively between the LGBT Technology Partnership and Jessie Daniels, a professor at Hunter College. According to Market Watch, the project will “increase understanding of the broadband and digital communications needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities and provide recommendations on how government policy makers can address those needs and ensure inclusion of those communities in the full benefits of broadband.”

“We are pleased to have this unique opportunity to contribute to a fuller exploration of issues relating to broadband and digital communications policy,” said the director of the research program and Vice President for External Affairs and Policy Counselor at Time Warner, Fernando Laguarda. “Especially with respect to LGBT communities whose needs have not yet been addressed by policymakers. We look forward to learning from this work and making further contributions to the communications and technology policy debate.”

The executive director of the LGBT Technology Partnership, Christopher Wood, said “We are excited about collaborating with Time Warner Cable on this research and the opportunity to shed light on the digital needs of LGBT communities. LGBT communities have specific concerns that are not immediately obvious and differ from the concerns of other communities including issues associated with privacy, confidentiality, eHealthcare, public safety and cyberbullying. This research will focus on how broadband uniquely affects these concerns and LGBT communities within the context of the National Broadband Plan.”

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