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The 'digital divide' - what is it, and what should businesses be aware of?
Internet access is something most of us in the West now take for granted. Whether we want high-speed broadband on home desktops, or the ability to check our email on mobile devices, it has become an ingrained and expected part of daily life.
However, not everyone is so lucky, and a new infographic provided by OnlineITdegree.net reminds us that the Internet should be considered a luxury, not a right. The wealth of information and services available across digital networks, in fact, is not as accessible as you may think. As such, businesses should consider this more seriously in terms of their reliance on Internet users.
Several of the most interesting statistics include:
- 100,000,000 U.S. households do not have access to broadband.
- 46 percent of the poorest households (living on less than $25,000 annually) do not possess a computer, whereas only 4 percent of the wealthiest ($100,000 or more) choose to go without one.
- More than twice the amount of rural household rely on dial-up Internet services than urban households.
- Innovative and new technologies are more expensive in the U.S. than elsewhere in the world.
- In order to try and increase the availability of broadband services across the United States, initiatives such as the FCC are trying to build the required infrastructure, increase speeds and reduce costs.
For more information, view the infographic below:
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Feb 5, 2012
still wateing for national coast to coast wifi that big company's bought up the white channels up for and are now sitting on them to keep us paying out the nose for broadband service .it would be one step closer to helping the ones still on dial up and if more computers were refurbished insted of scraped.the could be given away to thouse who cant aford to buy.
I Market to 1.25 million Rural households. These represent Agri-Business-or Farmer Enterprises, which are more often "Legacy Businesses" with two or more generations involved in the operation. They are also more and more high tech. There's a growing movement in Rural America to HAVE consistent fair-priced Broadband, as these Business Owners run more and more of their day to day on handheld wireless devices. These ARE their Internet, as well as everything else you can do on an Android or IPhone. For these services, they could be paying out hundreds of dollars per month. If they aren't fortunate to yet live in the service footprint of one of the emerging Wireless Broadband providers, they're over-paying Hughes-net or Sky-blue for so-so Bandwidth. The hub of the problem, as it is with many others, is the relationship between the "Major Players" like Comcast, Media-com, and Time Warner, who are trying to use their lobbying tactics to maintain a hold on that very same deployment. If they could DELIVER the product, that would be one thing, but as of yet, they can get it to small towns, but no where in between. Agriculture could be the foundation of a sustainable American Economic Recovery...but the existing forces must be moved out of the way. To not do so could be an "Epic Fail" for that same recovery.
First of all, I think these "infographics" insult the intelligence of the reader. With that said, I think you also need to check your figures. "100,000,000 U.S. households lack broadband access" ...and... "nearly 1 in 10 Americans have no access to broadband at all" ....seems dramatically incongruous, unless the population of the U.S. has increased considerably overnight! Are there really that many more than 100,000,000 households in the U.S. total? We're talking households, not people! How many average people in a household? Three? Now, don't you have to wonder about all these other so-called "statistics"?
Unfortunately, even the handheld device market and broadband development in the US are ultimately retarded because of the AT&T's controlling relationships over the FCC/DOJ and Congress. I live in a metro area and we were promised ATT - Uverse here three years ago - have the boxes and cables in place for two years - but still no service. Someone locally apparently is toeing the line with ATT. Until we eliminate corporate lobbying dollar ownership of the US gov. from political peon to the White House - we're not going anywhere but backward - very expensively.
I agree. according to the 2010 Census, there are only 114,825,428 households total in the US and, according to their own citation, (http://articles.cnn.com/2011-02-18/tech/us.broadband_1_wireless-broadband-national-broadband-map-mobile-broadband?_s=PM:TECH), only 1/3 of US households lack broadband access. That would mean approximately 37,892,391 don't have broadband access, not "100,000,000". When a topic is this important, you need to check your numbers and make sure they're correct. Now, the author has cast doubt on ALL the rest of the "statistics" and this infographic is useless. Not only that but now I doubt anything else they put on their website. This is why it's important to CHECK YOUR FACTS!!! And, for the rest of us who read this stuff, follow the citation links and check for yourself. Then, take into consideration where they get they get their numbers and follow the money trail to see who's paying for the studies. DON'T TAKE INFORMATION AT FACE VALUE. Statistics can and do say whatever you want them to say. Do your research. Don't be sheeple.