Could Wi-Fi alternatives in libraries and fast-food establishments help decrease the digital divide?

  • Expanded internet access can only be a good thing.

    More public wireless Internet can only help society by boosting educational achievement, allowing people to track employment opportunities, help people navigate government services, etc. Libraries especially seem like a logical choice, since they exist to disseminate information. Of course, broader Internet access can only be helpful if wireless devices are also made more easily available.

  • Absoluely - especially in public places.

    Yes, I think Wi-Fi alternatives in public places would go a long way in helping to reduce the digital divide. Teenagers who do not have Internet access at home are left out and often ridiculed. In today's high tech society, that puts them at a disadvantage. Teenagers hang out at fast food establishments most evenings and weekends so it would be the perfect place to establish a Wi-Fi alternative.

  • It is there.

    Yes, Wi-Fi alternatives in libraries and fast-food establishments can help decrease the digital divide, because anyone who wants to access the internet can do so if they just go to the public library. They can also go sit at McDonalds or another restaurant if they want to use the internet. There are options for people today.

  • Yes, free Wi-Fi in public can help the digital divide.

    I definitely think that Wi-Fi alternatives in libraries and fast food establishments can help decrease the digital divide. I think that people being able to have access to the internet is something that is good for society. And it also helps to even the playing field when it comes to people being able to garner info.

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