Another Look At How The Digital Divide Is Growing

The Rising Cost of At-Home Tech

The free information services of the past are gradually being eliminated or reduced. Public libraries, an invaluable resource for Internet access — as well as books — are under severe local budgetary pressures in many parts of the country, including New York. Telephone books are disappearing because they are an environmental nuisance. Telephone information calls can now cost up to $2. The assumption is that shifting material onto the Internet seems to be cost-free, when in fact we are paying the telecommunications providers whatever price they set. The move to digital communications — with all the benefits we attribute to the process — is irreversible, and the costs have been accepted by those who can afford the changes with barely a ripple.

[Thanks Stephen!]