Fairlie (2002) obtains information from the Computer and Internet Use Supplement to the August 2000 Current Population Survey (CPS) to investigate further this matter. The data shows that one-half of Mexican-Americans are less likely to own a computer than are whites. Moreover, one-fourth of Mexican-Americans are less likely to use the Internet at home than are whites. The study continues with summarizing the findings for the African-Americans whose computer rate is 58% of the white rate and the use of Internet at home of the African-Americans is 46% of the white rate. Farilie (2002) applies the non-linear decomposition technique to conclude that the racial differences in education, income and occupation have a considerable impact on the home computer and Internet use differences. Another possible explanation is the language barrier which influences the lower rates.
Crandall (2000) analyses that there is a strong correlation among broadband penetration and high school achievement, job growth and political involvement. Crandall (2000) suggests that for every single percentage point rise in broadband penetration in a state in the U.S. ...Show more