I'd like to pick people's brains for a sec:
I'm doing a digital divide project in a Public Administration class. I have a question for the IT crowd:
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?
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.
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)?
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