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The Digital Divides in the U.S.: Access, Broadband, and Nature of Internet Use

The Digital Divides in the U.S.: Access, Broadband, and Nature of Internet Use
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Author(s): Linda A. Jackson (Michigan State University, USA), Hiram E. Fitzgerald (Michigan State University, USA), Alexander von Eye (Michigan State University, USA), Yong Zhao (Michigan State University, USA) and Edward A. Witt (Michigan State University, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 16
Source title: Handbook of Research on Overcoming Digital Divides: Constructing an Equitable and Competitive Information Society
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Enrico Ferro (Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB), Italy), Yogesh K. Dwivedi (Swansea University, UK), J. Ramon Gil-Garcia (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico) and Michael D. Williams (Swansea University, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-699-0.ch012

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to describe the digital divides in the U.S. in terms of access, broadband connectivity, intensity of Internet use, and nature of Internet use. These divides hold true for both adults and youth and have far-reaching implications for both groups, as well as for society as a whole. For the most part the digital divides center around race, income, and, to a lesser extent, gender. Because the digital divides are complex and multifaceted any approach to reduce or eliminate them must also be complex and multifaceted. We suggest ways that educational, community, government, and corporate resources can be brought to bear on eliminating the digital divides.

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