The biggest problem that would impede digital access would be having broadband internet available where the person lives and works and having that access be affordable. In the district I’m currently in all parents are asked when school starts if there is internet access at home. The school provides wireless service to those students that don’t have it. The school district has also joined with the Chamber of Commerce to provide free wi-fi at many local businesses in the community. Each participating business places a sticker in the window and have their name, address and hours listed on the school website. Students know they can go to those businesses to access free internet. Students are provided with a laptop if they don’t have one at home. I understand that many districts can’t afford to provide this kind of service and know that this has made teaching in this district much easier.
If a student didn’t have broadband access at home it becomes very difficult to complete many assignments at home. Instead of working at home to do research students need to get a ride to the library or another site where they can access the internet. Many of the households that lack internet access also are poor. Parents are often working a second job and transportation is not always available.
This is an article that came out in 2010 about internet access for everyone in the U.S. I don’t believe that we have reached the goal of affordable internet for everyone in the U.S. yet. Everyoneon is a great site for helping individuals find affordable internet where they live. The site asks about different kinds of assistance a household may be receiving since that often allows for a reduced rate for internet services. Sharing sites like this and working with local businesses can help all students gain access to the internet.