I know first hand that access to the Internet provides substantially increased economic opportunities. As a tech-inclined high school student in Stanfordville, NY (current pop. 2,246), I could not get online fast enough--and at the time we were talking a dial-up modem with Prodigy. It's humbling to realize that in the absence of that singular connectivity, slow as it was, I would not have had 95% of the opportunities that I did, including the biggest kickstarter of income elevators, a college education.
Looking forward, I see 3G mobile service as the dialup of the future. There are kids growing up in rural areas of Nebraska and Nigeria alike who are going to get the chance at an education because of what they are reading about on Wikipedia right now.
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