Martha Fuentes-Bautista

Martha Fuentes-Bautista is an assistant professor in the Center for Public Policy and Administration and Department of Communication. She conducts research on the social and policy implications of information and communication technologies (ICTs), with a particular focus on how ICTs exacerbate or alleviate social inequalities. She also has investigated the institutional contexts of ICT adoption and use in Latin America and the U.S. Other research interests include telecommunication and community media policy, technology and inequality, global communications, and social movements and new media technologies. She recently received a Faculty Research/Healey Endowment Grant in support of data collection and analysis concerning the role played by local broadband interventions in the ability of Western Massachusetts communities to expand universal service—findings that will inform state and federal programs charged with advancing broadband coverage. 

Recent Publications:

  • Martha Fuentes-Bautista. 2014.  “Rethinking Localism in the Broadband Era: A Participatory Community Development Approach.” Government Information Quarterly 31(1): 65-77.
  • Martha Fuentes-Bautista and Gisela C. Gil-Egui. 2011.  “Community Media and the Rearticulation of State-Civil Society Relations in Venezuela.” Communication, Culture & Critique 4: 250-74.
  • Martha Fuentes-Bautista and Nobuya Inagaki. 2006.  “Reconfiguring Public Internet Access in Austin, TX: WiFi’s Promise and Broadband Divides.” Government Information Quarterly 23: 404-34.

Keywords: broadband adoption, localism, PEG access, digital inclusion, municipal telecommunication policy, local mass media, alternative mass media, democracy