Aspen Idea Network tackles digital divide

I have heard the conversation before – but the Aspen Ideas Network hits the good notes. They define the basic hurdles to digital inclusion: training, price/affordability, access to devices, public awareness of benefits and access to broadband. The participants give a lot of examples – like wifi on the buses. For many of us, it’s not new BUT if you have a potential partner for whom it is new – this is a great video for them.

Here’s their description…

Closing the Digital Divide

Five million of 29 million households with school­-age children don’t have the Internet at home. Lacking high­speed access takes its toll on children and teens by making it unduly difficult to complete school assignments that are heavily dependent on Internet access—creating a homework gap that’s keenly felt by low­ income families. How can the public and private sectors work together to close the gap? How far will the FCC’s new Lifeline fund, which includes a broadband subsidy, go? Comcast set out to bridge the digital divide one family at a time—is it working? What more can be done? What more should be done?

 

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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