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Tapscott - Digital Divide

Another interesting article. I have had many discussions with a colleague about this issue of Net Neutrality. I take issue with the argument that the TV and automobile are examples of access without government control. What is the FCC and where would the automobile be without laws controlling speeds, licensure, emissions, etc... Even the discussion of alternative fuels is an example of the need for someone (whether or not it should be the government is open for debate) to regulate how we use these tools. As for the internet, the open market has created amazing results, but also many tangled problems. For example, unfettered access to inappropriate material, spam, child safety, non-universal access to increasingly essential information. For example, as the percentage of people who access information, products, and communication from the internet increases, the access to outdated forms of access are going to start shrinking. Look at 35mm film as an example. People without access (and more importantly the skills to access effectively) will be left out of society in a way that far exceeds those people who don't own a television. It is one thing to be the only person who didn't watch Seinfeld. It is altogether another thing to not have access to current data. In Freakanomics, the author talks about how the internet has provided power to people through information. People without access will be disempowered.