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?
1. For a bit of history, you might want to check some of the various
listservs at UVM ... a major thread has been on school and library
access. The Old North End Community Technology Center, the Vermont
Educational Telecommunication Consortum (old), the Vermont Information
Technology Association (VITA, VITA-LEARN), etc.
2. Those efforts generally reach similar issues ... sustainable
budgeting (access costs money) and professional development (access
3. Focusing on "dial-up" unfortunately focuses the current corporate
model of "wiring the neighborhood." There are a number of community and
neighborhood wireless technologies - in Burlinton and Montpelier, though
using different technologies I believe.
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)?
Post WWW, there has been a push to make the internet another
"advertising media" ... just like the press, radio, and television
before it. This idea that "people use the internet to get information"
is set in conflict with "corporations use the internet to gather
customers." So what the user want gets molded by what the user is
taught to want.