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August 14, 2009

Connected Nation: Access Not the Biggest Problem

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor

Connected Nation is not the only organization that has concluded most barriers to use of broadband access now result from a variety of reasons unrelated to access availability. For that reason, it is seeking broadband stimulus funds to supply households with PCs, one of the major reasons people do not use broadband at home: they don't own computers.
Among the other key reasons people do not use broadband is that they don't see the Internet as relevant, or they can't afford the recurring fees. 
So Connected Nation is applying for broadband stimulus funds, in conjunction with Intel Corporation, Fujitsu, Velocity Micro and ZT Systems (News - Alert) to supply PCs under the "Every Citizen Online" initiative, and train people to use them.
In addition to "digital literacy" training, the proposal seeks funds to provide a year's worth of discounted broadband access and subsidized machines.
Every Citizen Online is a public-private partnership program designed to enable computer ownership and broadband use in low-income and unconnected homes. The program will help vulnerable populations overcome top barriers to adoption: broadband awareness and training, computer ownership, and subscription affordability.
The initial phase of the program will target 150,000 computers introduced to households.

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Gary Kim (News - Alert) is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Gary’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney