ERIC Number: ED446180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Internet Access and Content for Urban Schools and Communities. ERIC Digest Number 157.
Lonergan, James M.
The "digital divide," the separation between those with access to new technologies and those without, is seen by many as one of the leading equity issues in the United States. Computer and Internet access varies widely across the United States, with better educated people, those with more money, and whites more likely to have Internet access. In the early years of the Internet, schools with lower concentrations of poor students and suburban schools were more likely to have Internet access, but by 1996 all schools were equally likely to have Internet access. Urban schools, however, remained more likely to have more students per computer with Internet access. Underserved communities are gaining access to the Internet, but there are four significant content deficiencies for these communities: (1) lack of local information; (2) literacy barriers; (3) language barriers; and (4) lack of cultural diversity in Internet material. Public policies and private initiatives are attempting to expand affordable access to information resources in both homes and communities. The Education rate (E-rate) program is perhaps the best known universal service initiative. This program provides discounts on certain telecommunications services to eligible organizations. Other programs include several sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission and the Commerce Department. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Internet, School District Wealth, Urban Schools
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (free); Tel: 800-601-4868.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.