03/06/08

Perspective on the Digital Divide

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In the latest Rex Foundation newsletter, Ken McNeely, President – External Affairs for AT&T California, suggests that there must be a “will to change” among the public at large with regard to broadband Internet service — and the importance of ensuring universal access to that service. He notes it will take corporate political will, in combination with policy makers, to effect the changes needed to ensure digital inclusion.

Looking at earlier products or services that were deemed so essential as to require subsidized access for those who couldn’t afford them, he asks, “Is broadband on the same level as subsidizing food and public education? Should every student have a computer and Internet access?”

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