The Internet brings heady communications opportunities to those who have access to the Internet. Yet, mounting evidence has proven that a gap or divide exists on Internet usage and access. The divide exists within the United States and, increasingly, on a global basis. Part I of this Article introduces the term "digital divide" and explores the deployment of advanced telecommunications in the United States. Part II traces patterns of access to the Internet based on race and income and subordinates the statistical evidence to the realities of lack of access, and lends a human face to contextualize the real losses at the most practical level of living without access to advanced technologies. Part III focuses on the telecommunications industry's presence worldwide. With this information, this Article concludes that serious consideration of global gaps by U.S. businesses should be addressed and remedied to promote social and economic stability among all netcitizens.
Madeleine M. Plasencia, Telecommunications in the Twenty-First Century: Global Perspectives on Community and Diaspora Among Netcitizens, 52 Admin. L. Rev 1033 (2000).