We live in a world today where broadband access is becoming increasingly necessary for attaining jobs, expanding innovation and remaining globally competitive. Even in an iconic city like Philadelphia many residents are struggling to gain basic access to technology. Based on findings from a 2011 poll from the Pew Internet and American Life Project and Knight Foundation, 41 percent of Philadelphia households lack access to the Internet. Some experts have argued that this number could be as high as 55 percent. According to a report released last year by IBM and the city of Philadelphia, it is estimated that by 2030, 600,000 Philadelphians will still be lacking the appropriate technical skills needed in order to meaningfully participate in a networked society. The city has attempted to address these digital access issues in the home through several local initiatives, but Internet use in community spaces can also be a telling measure of broadband adoption as evidenced by the success of the Free Library of Philadelphia Hot Spots program.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc