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PPIC Poll: Digital Divide Closing

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 7:17am

A new study says they may not own as many computers as the rest of the population, but more and more Latinos in California are finding a way to get online.

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.

“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,” said Bonner. “Connecting via mobile devices is great, but there are limitations to doing things on a Blackberry or a Droid or an I Phone.”

93 percent of Californians now say they own a cell phone. Cell phone access to the internet was up significantly for all races. 57 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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