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Falling Through the Net II: New Data on the Digital Divide: NTIA

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently published this report commissioned by Vice President Al Gore. The report analyzes telephone and computer penetration rates in the US to determine who is connected, and who is not connected, to the information infrastructure. This report updates the conclusions of an earlier report, "Falling Through the Net: A Survey of the 'Haves' and 'Have Nots' in Rural and Urban America" (July 1995). The new report concludes that computer usage has increased nationally, but a "digital divide" remains "based on race, income, and other demographic characteristics." The site includes links to the slide presentation given by Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information Larry Irving, and to his press conference about the findings of the report (requires RealPlayer).
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Date Issued 1998
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Date of Scout Publication 1998-08-25
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