The discussion we had on Wednesday about the digital divide really made me think of what would be the best way to decrease the digital divide. I really like the idea of one laptop per child, but I don't know how realistic it would be. One point that somebody else made was that you can't have one without the other, which is a good point. If you give every child a laptop and that don't have Internet access, how much good can it do? It goes the other way around too. If you provide everybody with Internet access, it's not going to do much good if they don't have a computer.
I think it is extremely important for people to know how to use a computer and the Internet. We are in a time where technology skills are highly valued. A lot of jobs are based upon computer skills and knowledge of the Internet. Without these skills, getting a job would be hard. That's why I think technology centers are a great tool. It let's people learn these important skills with tools that are provided for them.
I think if more people are able to acquire laptops and computers, satellites would be very beneficial. They're able to reach areas that other Internet providers don't see a profit in. It's also cheaper to run since it doesn't cost any more to reach one guy in California than another guy in New York. Satellites also have the potential to have a higher reliability than cable and DSL.
The digital divide is something that should be addressed since it's an important issue. We need to find reliable ways to provide Internet access and computers to people. I think this can be really beneficial to the whole world since these skills are so highly valued.