The government’s mission to expand broadband access to rural areas could hit a bump in some areas. There are parts of the country where internet access is scarce and where residents don’t need or can’t afford computers. Before technology can benefit these areas, parts of the population will need to learn how to use computers.

That’s according to the Rural Blog:

As the government looks to bring more high-speed Internet access to rural America, computer literacy programs may be needed in some areas to increase adoption of computers, much less the Internet. Many rural communities have computer-literacy programs for adults; one that gets good reviews from its clients is in Aubrey, Tex., Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe of the Denton Record-Chronicle reports. “About 57 percent of rural Texas households have a computer with some kind of Internet access, according to 2009 data compiled by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration,” she writes. That number jumps to 63 percent when considering households that have access somewhere like a library or at work. “Across the rural United States, slightly less than half of all adults 55 and older report being able to go online.”

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