RS1: NYC

How New York is facing digital divide

According to Alessandro Antonelli, the digital divide in New York City has become a very big issue that needs to be addressed. Antonelli explains that the “problem [of the divide] is especially felt in poorer and rural areas” (1). The author provides evidence that suggests New York’s underprivileged population is hindered in not only education, but also when it comes to “opportunities for businesses” (3). Alessandro believes that the “initiative [of providing internet access to all] is of crucial importance because it gives [] inhabitants of the state the chance to be actually connected in this hyperconnected world” (3).

Antonelli takes a stand against the gap of the digital divide and believes that every person, no matter where they come from or who they are, deserves a chance at staying connected with the world through internet access. The author notes that for “many years, a series of towns and isolated spots across the country have been left behind” (4) when it comes to internet access. Throughout the article, the author stresses the actual significance and impact the internet has on people’s lives. He goes on to explain how “[i]n today’s economy[,] broadband is no longer a luxury, as it truly represents a necessity” (4). Antonelli points out that every person should be given the same opportunities and should be able to stay connected and up-to-date through internet access. He believes that without internet access for all, there is an unfair advantage given to those that are fortunate enough to have access. The author makes the claim that “having broadband access is fundamental for economic growth and job creation” (4) and that internet access “represents a critical foundation for a better way of life” (4). Alessandro believes that the internet has the ability to make people’s lives better. He states that “[e]xpanding broadband infrastructures can truly change [] lives in rural areas” (7). The way the author sees this issue is that the internet can “strengthen [] communities and [can] help grow[] local economies” (7).

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