“New Digital Divide”, Net Neutrality Create More Challenges For Minorities
When the Internet first started to change life as we know it, Latinos and blacks were left on the wrong side of the digital divide. More recently, mobile technology has created a "new digital divide" which provides more challenges for these minority groups to overcome. While Latinos and blacks are more likely to access the Web via their cell phones, they may still be limited by the content they can access. For example, it is tough to fill out a job application on a cell phone. Research still shows, that a greater percentage of whites compared to minority groups have broadband access at home.
In addition to the growing challenges Latinos and blacks already face in the digital spectrum, the FCC’s attempt to regulate the Internet will only produce greater barriers to closing the digital divide. By discouraging investment in broadband and new technologies, the FCC is hurting most those minority groups who have yet to gain full access to broadband or who have yet to adopt it at all.
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