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Does the current digital divide have a solution?

 Does the current digital divide have a solution?

Does the current digital divide have a solution?

      Even when the pandemic and remote work mean that there will be significant progress in this matter, statistics show that 1 in 3 people in the world is still unable to connect to the Internet

      A dangerous situation, which occurs especially in countries such as rural areas or remote areas of the first world, can have a solution if the prevailing economic interests are set aside.

  Last week, a stringent United Nations report revealed that 37% of the world's population does not have access to the Internet or have never used it.  Nothing we didn't know, but it's hard to see it expressed in these numbers.  So, with one in three people in the world unable to connect to the internet, even when we are already witnessing the worst of the pandemic, it is worth asking if the digital divide has a solution.

  Of course, the problem is not in first world countries, nor is it in large urban centers.  The defects are already visible in developing nations, such as rural or remote areas.  The latter, also within what we might consider first world countries.

  With nearly 3 billion people who have never connected to the internet in their lifetime, the first conclusion we can draw from this is that the Covid-19 pandemic has speeded up internet use, but only where it has already been used.

  This means yes, there may have been an increase in the amount of Chilean sports betting on sites like Betway, and perhaps also more and more Swedes have been watching their favorite Netflix series while staying at home.  However, many of those already dismissed may also continue.

  Just look at what's happening in rural areas, 4 out of 10 people have internet, exactly half of almost 8 out of 10 who have internet in urban areas.  And with the aggravation that some of those, if they wanted, could still employ him, which was not the case for the former.

  This abyss of contact in Spain is latent, and it is clearly not the same as in other places, but it is still visible.  Visible to those who at least want to see it.  Over the years, the growth of the Internet, if we measure it in terms of the millions of Spaniards who could use this high-quality service, has come to a complete halt.


  What do you have the answer?  Entrepreneurs or Governments

Does the current digital divide have a solution?

  And while there are those who use Betway and Netflix when and how they want to, the question that still awaits is who has the answer.  It should be governments...but they seem to be businessmen.

  All of the potential solutions to the digital divide we're seeing are behind some of the world's most famous malls and tech entrepreneurs, such as Alphabet, Amazon, Meta or SpaceX.  This means that the hopes of millions of people today to someday connect, with minimal speed and stability, depend on men like Mark Zuckerberg, Jez Bezos and Elon Musk.

  Needless to say, none of these companies and entrepreneurs do so on the basis of altruism, rather they intend to invest for more profits than they already have.  But, even when they want to use the private information of the new connection, they will surely want to pay that very high price.  After all, many of us already do this, despite having different knowledge and alternatives.

  In terms of governments, one of the few - at least on the European scene - that has made it clear that they are concerned about this issue, is Germany.  It will provide assistance of 500 euros to rural areas to connect the satellites.  Of course, not only will the digital divide be resolved through subsidies, these countries will also have to put pressure on companies in the sector to make this human right accessible, as has been contemplated for years.