US Internet Penetration Plateaus - Resistors Don't Want On

from the settling-down dept

It looks as though internet penetration in the US may have hit a plateau, as many of those who aren't currently connected are likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future. The group of folks who aren't connected are split into two groups: "resistors" who have access to the internet but actively choose not to use it and the "non-connected" who simply don't have an easy way to get on the internet. The resistors aren't likely to change their minds until some additional services are added that they actually value (the article suggests VoIP). For the non-connected group, the report suggests that cheaper internet access is needed or more Spanish-language ISP offerings, since it appears many of the non-connected users speak Spanish.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Jun 2004 @ 12:38pm

    Not just illiterate, TECHNICALLY ILLITERATE too !

    Boo Hoo,

    So how long till I have to pay an additional fee to my ISP so some dumb immigrant who refuses to learn English can have the Internet converted to Spanish ?

    Give me a break !

    This just goes to prove that if your too damn dumb to learn the language of the country that invented the internet, you don't deserve to use it.

    So they won't only be illiterate, they can also be technically illiterate.

    Makes me happy to know there will be plenty of people to mow my lawn, clean my house and take care of the other menial jobs intelligent people don't have the time to do.

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      dorpus, 22 Jun 2004 @ 12:52pm

      Re: Not just illiterate, TECHNICALLY ILLITERATE to

      What got to me about living in California was the dumb cashiers who couldn't speak English, who couldn't understand simple orders. Made you want to hit them. Haven't had that problem in the Midwest.

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        gecko, 23 Jun 2004 @ 4:34am

        Re: Not just illiterate, TECHNICALLY ILLITERATE to

        What gets me is when you go to a foreign country and the people there don't have the courtesy to speak English. Who do they think they are anyway?

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          auMoose cowHerder, 23 Jun 2004 @ 4:52am

          Re: Not just illiterate, TECHNICALLY ILLITERATE to

          i think dubya is on a crusade to fix this problem...

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            Anonymous Coward, 23 Jun 2004 @ 7:05am

            Re: Not just illiterate, TECHNICALLY ILLITERATE to

            George W. Bush is fluent in Spanish.
            So is his brother Jeb.
            They HAVE to be.

            George is from Texas aka Big Mexico & Jeb is in Florida aka little Cuba / Puerto Rico.

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              eponymous geek, 23 Jun 2004 @ 7:56am

              Re: Not just illiterate, TECHNICALLY ILLITERATE to

              Will the last Americans to leave Tampa and Miami bring the flags?

              Dang, I knew we forgot something!

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          Anonymous Coward, 23 Jun 2004 @ 7:20am

          Re: Not just illiterate, TECHNICALLY ILLITERATE to

          Gecko,

          They always switch to Engrish for me.
          Maybe it's those American torist dollars that motivate them.
          What do you think ?

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    aNonMooseCowherd, 22 Jun 2004 @ 5:54pm

    No Subject Given

    They'll find that it's worth their while once businesses (e.g. banks) and government organizations (e.g. motor vehicles departments) make it either more expensive or much more time-consuming to transact business other than over the net. I'm not saying this is a good thing, just that it will happen.

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