IT professionals are used to the idea of a “digital divide” between them and their colleagues.
In the digital age, it has become common to hear of a rise of “digital illiteracy” among tech workers, and to hear complaints about the state of the internet, in particular the state where they work.
It’s been called the “digital desert”, and the problem is, we’re getting worse.
One thing we can say for certain is that the digital divide is growing worse, according to data collected by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
As of December, there were more than 4 million people with no internet connection in the US, up from 2.4 million two years ago.
This is a 10 per cent increase from the previous year, but it is a significant change for an industry that relies heavily on internet connectivity.
The number of people who said they had “zero internet access” at home is now nearly double the number of years ago, and nearly four times higher than it was in 2014.
The FCC’s data comes from a survey of about 4,000 telecommunications professionals, the largest such survey in its history.
Its focus is on the most important topics: who is online and who isn’t, who is paying for it and how much.
The agency is a member of the US Digital Commerce Association, and the number one issue it is working on is broadband.
In December, it published its most recent report on broadband and the future of the web, which concluded that broadband is crucial to the growth of the digital economy, but that the future depends on how the FCC deals with net neutrality.
As a result of its work, the FCC announced in January that it would be opening up the internet to more competition and would require internet service providers to offer competitive access for everyone.
The commission has also launched an effort to ensure that the internet remains open to everyone, with a goal of providing broadband access to all Americans.
While the FCC’s plans are good, it is not clear how much progress it will make on net neutrality and net neutrality rules, which the FCC is now drafting.
“We want to see the FCC move more quickly than the commission has, and we want to be sure that we get the job done,” FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said on Monday.
What is net neutrality?
Net neutrality refers to the principle that all internet traffic should be treated equally and treated equally fairly.
The FCC defines it as a principle that the “fast lane for all traffic on the internet should not be open to all internet users”.
Critics say the FCC, as part of its efforts to ensure net neutrality, has put the cart before the horse.
In the early days of the Internet, it was common for ISPs to charge users for certain services, and that they could discriminate against certain kinds of traffic.
Then in 2002, the FTC issued its first consumer protection rule, requiring ISPs to ensure customers were getting equal service.
In 2014, the Federal Communications Council’s (FFC) Open Internet Order, which established the FCC rules, required ISPs to protect net neutrality for everyone, and then to ensure they had the ability to make their own decisions about which types of traffic they prioritise.
Despite the FFC order, some ISPs continued to discriminate against some types of users, and some started blocking others.
The latest FCC report found that the vast majority of Americans don’t have any internet at all.
This is where things get a bit tricky.
First, net neutrality has to do with what happens when people can use different technologies, including mobile broadband, that don’t directly compete with each other.
So if the FCC allows for more ISPs to offer cheaper plans that don.t include net neutrality protections, then that will mean less competition.
This has happened for other things, too.
For example, Netflix used to offer a service called “Unlimited Video” in which it would charge for the use of certain video content, like video and music.
It was an attempt to protect consumers against content that was too expensive.
The FTC ruled that the plan violated net neutrality because it restricted the ability of customers to make a choice.
But it allowed Netflix to continue doing so for a long time, because it was allowed to do so by the FCC.
Second, net rules are only effective if the Internet works as advertised.
So while the FCC has stated that it wants to encourage innovation, it does not necessarily want to encourage competition.
And third, net-neutrality rules have to be flexible enough to cover the circumstances of the different companies and their customers.
So, for example, some companies might not be able to offer the same service to everyone because they may be unable to afford to pay for the service.
But the FCC could still exempt certain companies from net neutrality regulations, so long as they don’t discriminate against any