Newsweek (Feb. 20): “Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?"
In the future envisioned by Google, Internet access will be a basic human right - but via a network that requires prepaid online registration. And for those left stranded in the digital age - the poor, the elderly - the result is far short of e-mancipation. Eun-A Park, member of UNH's communications and mass media faculty, fears the project will create a permanent underclass. "[Google's] fiber service deployment means multiplicity of the digital divide, multidimensionality of the digital divide...You can see it in Google's trial in Kansas City."