The Digital Divide: Facing a Crisis or Creating a Myth? (MIT by Benjamin M. Compaine

By Benjamin M. Compaine

The electronic Divide refers back to the perceived hole among those that have entry to the newest details applied sciences and those that don't. If we're certainly in a knowledge Age, then now not getting access to this data is an monetary and social handicap. a few humans ponder the electronic Divide to be a countrywide problem, whereas others reflect on it an over-hyped nonissue. This publication provides facts aiding the life of one of these divide within the Nineteen Nineties alongside racial, monetary, ethnic, and schooling strains. however it additionally provides proof that by way of 2000 the gaps are swiftly final with out important public coverage tasks and spending. jointly, the contributions function a sourcebook in this debatable issue.

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15 Already there are signs that alternative modes—for example, Internet phones— will soon become available for browsing the web or e-mailing. Falling through the Net: Defining the Digital Divide 35 Whether or not a household with a PC is also an Internet user depends on various demographic characteristics. 4%). 4%) families. 2 Type of Internet Service Provider An important part of the linkage in being able to go online is to connect to an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Currently there is a tremendous variation in market share among the types of ISPs to whom households choose to subscribe.

8%) for access at any location. • Age. Internet usage rises with age until people reach their senior (55+) years. S. persons using the Internet, by race/origin, by location, 1998. 4%). 2%), but 25–34-year-olds lead all others in terms of external access or usage anyplace. • Region. 5%) usage. The Midwest ranks above others in non-home access. 8%). • Gender. Both sexes use the Internet more at home than elsewhere. 3% in total access. This discussion has attempted to present a broad assessment of which Americans access the Internet.

Those with an income over $75,000 are more than five times as likely to have a computer at home and are more than seven times as likely to have home Internet access as those with an income under $10,000. Low-income households in rural areas are the least connected, experiencing connectivity rates in the single digits for both PCs and Internet access. 0% for Internet access. The impact of income on Internet access is evident even among families with the same race and family structure. Among similarly situated families (two parents, same race), a family earning more than $35,000 is two to almost six times as likely to have Internet access as a family earning less than $35,000.

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