Company proposes free nationwide broadband access

M2Z, an organization with a mission to provide 95% of the population with free access to broadband wireless internet connections, was featured in a cultural policy listserv to which I subscribe. The article, originally printed in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, examines the pros and cons of allowing one company to undertake this endeavor. Please click the link below to read the full article:

If this initiative were to become a reality, I envision enormous impact on how the majority of the population receives information. If Americans are increasingly utilizing web based tools to stay informed, the amount of internet users could skyrocket. The only question I have, though, is how many people will actually get to use the service? One would speculate that this service assumes most of the population owns a computer.