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Richard Rider

The “digital divide” is largely a fiction — and already solved

One common refrain from redistribution progressives is the unfair “digital divide.” It’s largely an old, outdated excuse for low income kids being left behind — as opposed to properly blaming the failing urban school systems and unwise parental priorities.

There are two parts of this digital divide.
1. Lack of Internet access.
2. Lack of a computer.

Let’s look closer at each “deprivation.”


The lack of Internet access for some is real, but overblown — and solvable. The problem has been made worse by the perpetual pandemic government lockdown of kids — unable to attend school, visit libraries, or and otherwise access Internet hot spots that are available everywhere.

That being said, Internet access can be something that three-four families can pay for together, bringing the cost down to $10 or less for each family monthly — especially in an apartment complex. Will that Internet speed be fast enough for school work? Yes!

Will it be fast enough to play Fortnite online? Maybe — maybe not.

In addition, there’s federal programs where most cable companies offer low income households very high speed Internet for a paltry $10 a month. This fact is seldom mentioned when the MSM distributes their bleating stories, decrying the “digital divide.”

Show me a low income home with kids that “can’t afford a computer,” and I’ll bet dollars to donuts that you’ll find that the home has a We, an X-Box, or some other expensive gaming console — along with a number of very pricy computer games. Not to mention smart phones. Bad parental choices are no reason to use taxpayer money to provide a family with the needed computer hardware.
Moreover, in addition to many school districts giving needy students free laptops, there are private charities that provide low/no cost used/repaired computers for qualifying low income families. Google it. For instance:
Granted, these fully functioning charity computers usually are not state-of-the-art devices. So? All that means is that it’s harder to play today’s action computer games on these older machines — hardly a bad thing when trying to get a kid to do their homework on a computer.
The MSM SHOULD be running stories about all the solutions available NOW to solve the digital divide. But that would not fit the progressive narrative.