Digital Divide's Massive Problem
Cisco News, September 15th, 2020
September 15, 2020,
Volume 270, Issue 3

It's a story you might have seen on the news recently-two young girls, sitting outside of a Taco Bell, trying to access the spot's free Wi-Fi to complete their homework

"A study by Pew Research shows more than four-in-ten adults with household incomes below $30,000 a year don't have home broadband services or a traditional computer. Three-in-ten don't own a smartphone. As we have seen with this year's pandemic, internet connection has become one of the sole factors that determines essential access to healthcare, education, and social services.

It's called the digital divide; where various communities face barriers to internet access, whether it's because of economic, linguistic, or generational reasons. Lack of skills, education, and digital literacy also leave some groups at a disadvantage. And as certain parts of the world are already on their way towards 5G, AI, virtual reality, and more trending technologies, the digital divide gap widens..."

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