July 25, 2016
The Pew Research Center last week released more evidence that the United States’ private sector model for providing high-speed internet service and access is working and that, in most cases, it’s not access that matters when it comes to the decision to go online, it’s an individual’s personal feelings about the internet that do.
Pew reported, “The long-standing digital divide in internet use between Latinos and whites is now at its narrowest point since 2009 as immigrant Latinos and Spanish-dominant Latinos make big strides in going online …” Specifically the report showed:
The Latin Post covered this story last week. Click here to read more.
What these results show is, first, that emerging technologies are the most likely to attract traditionally underserved communities. Second, these results show the primary reason Americans choose not to go online or to subscribe to broadband is not that they don’t have the opportunity to do so, it’s that some, especially among older generations, continue to be skeptical of how the internet positively impacts their lives. In other words, the problem isn’t lack of access, it’s lack of perceived relevancy.
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