According to the New York State Broadband Program Office about 1.1 million New Yorkers currently have no access to high-speed broadband. Without access to high speed internet, these New Yorkers are disenfranchised in a number of ways. They have a harder time keeping up with local, national, and global news, their ability to access and utilize new research and high-tech tools suffers, their abilities to compete in the labor force are weakened, their means of taking advantage of new educational opportunities are limited. This is all in addition to the fact that these citizens are unable to enjoy some of the modern conveniences that so many of us in this nation take for granted on a daily basis such as online job applications, online bill pay options, online entertainment and social media outlets, etc. In short, the 1.1 million New Yorkers without broadband access are experiencing an acute form of inequality which is stifling their voices, stifling their potential for growth, and limiting their opportunities to participate in the broader local, national, and global community.
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Broadband Availability in New York State. New York State Broadband Program Office. Retrieved July 10, 2014 from: http://www.nysbroadband.ny.gov/broadband-availability
Choi, J. and Rosenbaum, S. (2013). “Data Visualization: Breaking Down the Digital Divide in New York State”. Jeannie Choi Blog. Retrieved July 10, 2014 from: http://jeanniechoi.journalism.cuny.edu/data-visualization-breaking-down-the-digital-divide-in-new-york-state/