Paper Title
Digital Empowerment for Handloom Clusters: The Case of Digital Cluster Development Program in India

The research aims to evaluate the Wireless for Communities (W4C) model that is being implemented by Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and the Internet Society (ISOC) in handloom clusters in India. The W4C makes use of the free spectrum made available by the Government of India to provide internet connectivity to remote village locations By conducting an in-depth action research in these three handloom centers, the study aims to develop a research framework of technology adoption among the rural population and investigate the impact of IT connectivity on well-being of the rural population and its major enablers. Index Terms – Adoption, Digital Literacy, Internet, Spectrum, Technology