Economic Factors Of The Digital Divide

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In this essay I will be exploring the digital divide and how it has changed throughout the years. The digital divide is the differences between people, families, businesses and geographical areas created by different levels of access to information and communication technologies. There are many factors that contribute to the digital divide such as... Technological factors One reason for differences in access to the internet is the communications structure available. In the UK, all areas of the country have access to fixed line telephones and about 90% have access to mobile communications. Access to broadband communications depends on where you live. Rural areas will have less readily available broadband connections whereas city areas will have more broadband connections on offer. Broadband communications is more or less essential if you want to get the most out of internet services. Economic factors Being connected to the internet and being able to afford technological devices is very expensive. Users of digital resources must have computer equipment which includes suitable software as well as a connection to the internet. There are many people (big families, people with a low income) who struggle to afford these things and this means that lots of people fall behind as technology increases. Also cost becomes a problem when big businesses e.g. schools have to pay for a lot more broadband access that is fast enough to serve a big network. Fear For some people, there

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