US inequality has been rising for decades, but it gained political prominence after the Great Recession gave rise to grassroots movements like Occupy Wall Street, forcing both political parties to start openly debating the issue. The Pew Research Center highlighted persistent inequities in access to basic technologies in a recent report, which found nearly half of US households with incomes below $30,000 a year do not have access to high-speed internet at home, while nearly one third do not own a smartphone. This makes it even harder for poorer families to catch up financially and professionally. With new computers and automation increasingly permeating not only manufacturing but also services, those with less familiarity with or access to the Internet, computers, and smartphones are left at a considerable disadvantage. Two-thirds of adults living in high-earning households have high-speed web access at home, a smartphone, a desktop or laptop computer, and a tablet, compared with 17% of those living in low-income households.
How should the United States address the issue of
technological inequality? What are some measures to help try to decrease the amount of inequality in technology usage?