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Study Says Digital Divide Closing

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Latinos are twice as likely to use their phones to regularly connect compared to whites according to a new Public Policy Institute of California survey. Dean Bonner with the PPIC says Latinos online phone use has doubled in 3 years.

BONNER: "The narrowing of the digital divide has started to happen, but they are still almost 20 points less likely to having a broad-band connection at home.   Connecting via mobile devices is great, but there are limitations to doing things on a Blackberry or a Droid or an iPhone."

Ninety-three percent of Californians now say they own a cell phone.  Cell phone access to the internet was up significantly for all races.  Fifty-seven percent of blacks use their phones to go online… the most of any group.  Fifty-six percent of everyone polled said high-speed broadband should be a priority of the federal government.

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