When most people think about the digital divide, what usually comes to mind is the comparison between the poor, rural farmer in a developing country and the rich, city dweller in the developed, most likely Western country. In class, however, we discussed the prevalence of many other types of digital divides and how unequal access to ICTs exists between genders, age groups, education levels, and various other demographics. This 2011 article discusses the digital divide within the United States between those who can afford to pay for fast, cable-based internet systems in their homes and that growing number of people who rely on smart phones with data plans to provide them with internet access. The author, Susan Crawford, refers to these groups as “high-speed wired and second-class wireless”. Crawford blames the skewed levels of internet access on deregulation which has allowed a few giant companies to monopolize the market and jack up prices, and highlights the fact that many of the smart phone-only users will find themselves left behind as the use of the internet as a business tool continues to increase. Despite the fact that this article is months old, it still provides an interesting look into the existence of the digital divide within our own country.
14 September 2012
The US and the “New Digital Divide”
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