But I don't understand how anyone in an urban or suburban area can be without Internet access. I know the focus of this article is about the gap between rural and urban broadband access, and that's something we really need to talk about, but this figure of 70% for urban and suburban areas with Internet access, that just struck me.
I can understand why many people in urban areas might not have access. For budget reasons, owning a computer and/or having Internet access may not be possible. But the 'burbs? Rich white folk can't come up with 40 bucks a month for broadband? That just seems silly to me.
Maybe I'm just giving into a stereotypical view of suburbanites.
What they say about intensity of Internet use based on connection speed is right on. The perfect example is me. With my laptop I'm still on dial-up due to continuing router problems. The wait to connect and the slow speed with which the page loads make me very reticent to even bother in the first place. Plus there is another dial-up user in the house and I have to wait until the wee hours of the morning to even check my AOL mail.
Compare that to the desktop with broadband access, I can't walk by it without sitting down and checking my email. All I have to do is double-click the Firefox icon on the desktop and I'm off sufring the Web. The same thing at work; the fast connection speed at the Trib makes me want to keep checking my mail and to keep blogging.
That's why I advocate free broadband access for all through municipal wireless. We should be a country of introverted, Internet-addicted bloggers. No, but we should have easy, fast access to the largest repository of information in human history. The Internet is possibly the greatest education tool ever created. With relative ease we can search for just about anything, from the latest political news to a recipe for cocktails. An entire world is in that little black coaxial cable. All of us should have access to that.
Plus, streaming porn.