Quoting William Sawyer <[log in to unmask]>:
> Should efforts to address (and solve?) the digital divide in Vermont join in
> with the recent broadband hoopla in the state, or do you think that dial-
> up is a sufficient Internet interface for connectivity equality?
I believe broadband access needs to be available to as many people as possible,
as cheaply as possible. Dial-up is not sufficient/fast enough to keep up with
trends. When we were using dialup, even with 56K, we ended up paying more per
month quite often than the cost of our broadband because we were logged in so
much and because downloads took so long.
Concidering how many people are cutting the landlines altogether, the copper is
nearly only worthwhile for DLS now ;)
> One assumption: with dial-up you can handle general informational websites,
> news, government services, online learning -- all of the opportunities
> for which people truly say we need to provide equal access. Without
> broadband you can't download movies, mp3s, or huge pdfs posted by
> people who don't know how to downsize them for the web, but that really isn't
> the focus here.
It IS the focus though. That's a big part of what creates the "divide".
"I have internet access, but I can only really check my text mail, and can only
IM for about 10 minutes a day"
"I'm always connected and have access to all net resources anytime I can
possibly even LOOK at my computer."
Many WebCT courses have video content in them now. for winter session we
required all the instructors to have 1 min video pieces recorded to stream form
the homepages. They are encoded to stream at 56K modem speeds... but the divide
gives those people fugly video (all relative of course).
> Is this assumption right? It is wrong? Could it be that general Internet
> fare has grown to the point where users really need broadband (or are
> going to in the next few years anyway)?
I think I made my point. :)
I'm surprised some forward thinking philanthropists haven't gone ahead and set
up more rural (and sub/urban) wireless access points for FREE wireless access.
With repeaters and such, I can't imagine it actually being too hard to do,
except for the initial cost of WiFi routers to spread it and the initial access
points for the data-motherload to come from.
) WWRD - What Would Rob Do? )
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