The Rural Digital Divide | Roberto Gallardo | TEDxJackson

The Rural Digital Divide

In rural Mississippi, the digital divide is still a relevant barrier to economic advancement. Overcoming that obstacle is an idea that is long overdue. Roberto Gallardo explains the impact that high-speed connectivity could make on a struggling population and the extension service model he is using.

Roberto Gallardo is an Associate Extension Professor of the Mississippi State University Extension. He holds an engineering degree from the University of the Americas in Mexico, a master’s in economic development from Southern Miss University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. Gallardo is interested in local and regional community economic development, including use of technology. He spearheads the efforts of the Mississippi State University Extension Intelligent Community Institute that helps rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in the digital age. He lives in Starkville with his wife and two daughters.

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Added Apr 16, 2016