The digital divide has increased by communication companies. The price increase are even higher than ever before, and that is because the communication companies have a huge monopoly over the internet and cell phone use. AT&T for instance, has a monopoly over the cell phone industry and Comcast over the internet, so yeah, the digital divide has increased a lot.
No, the digital divide has nothing to do with price increases. Many places offer free Internet connectivity. In doing so they are offering low income individuals and families the ability to become part of the digital age. Free wifi also battles the effects of price hikes by communication companies, therefore eliminating any affect that would have on creaitng a wider digital divide.
The service of the internet is a relatively ineslastic good, which means that people will buy their cable and internet first, and they will go without other things. This means that the digital divide has not increased due to price hikes, because even poor people will spend their money on the internet.
I do not believe the digital divide between connected and disconnected has been increasing due to reckless price hikes by communication companies. I obtain my smart phone service for slightly over $50 a month which included plenty of data and that service is available to everyone. I also have Internet access for $30 a month, which is an introductory price that will go up to around $60 a month after a year. Some people simply chose not to be connected. There are some that may struggle to pay these bills but there are other ways to connect without paying.