Thursday, February 17, 2005
In this week’s readings I’m most curious about something that was stressed in the “Digital Divide: Bridging the Technology Gap” report. “Aggressive enforcement of the 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act is essential if we are going to give consumers more bandwidth and more options to obtain bandwidth at a lower price” (P.9) is an interesting statement. By deregulating the telecommunications industry to allow for this competition to reach all people, it has led to greater competition, and buy-outs and corporate mergers. On page 8 of the same report, there’s a statement that letting the markets work naturally will allow technology providers the capability to reach their targeted customers. What incentives do corporations have to reach those left behind technologically? Another point that was stressed was how rapid the internet became an essential part of everyday life. Is it just too soon to gauge the market?