Saturday, August 15, 2009

Minorities embrace internet via handheld devices

A new report released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project will surely spill over into arguments about broadband penetration in the United States, not to mention other debates. It says that African-Americans access the Internet via handheld devices more often than whites, for whom an online connection is more likely to come from an ISP-connected computer. "This means the digital divide between African Americans and white Americans diminishes when mobile use is taken into account," Pew says. Expect arguments about audience ratings systems and exclusive handset deals to be influenced by the report as well

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