Dr. Jon Gant

Jon Gant

Director for the Center for Digital Inclusion; Director UC2B Broadband Adoption Program
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jon Gant is a professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he serves as the Director of the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI). Jon is a national leader in the areas of digital inclusion and broadband adoption.

In the past two years, Jon has published groundbreaking research in the areas of Internet access and use, including co-authoring the first report to examine broadband adoption among minority communities, which was published by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Jon also is Director of Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B), a $30-million dollar project dedicated to building one of the fastest broadband networks in the country.

Under Jon’s direction, CDI is helping to incubate new applications that will run on ultra-high speed broadband networks. In 2012, Jon received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to provide continuing education to library leaders about the ways in which libraries can participate in building the next generation of the Internet. Researchers at CDI are also working on other digital literacy projects funded by the State of Illinois, Partnership for a Connected Illinois, the American Library Association, and IMLS.

In addition to his work on digital inclusion and broadband adoption, Jon is an expert in e-government, geo-spatial information systems, strategic planning and information systems. His research has been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Organization for Economic Coordination and Development, the International Telecommunication Union, and the National Science Foundation, among others. Jon received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied public policy and information management.

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