be better to invest inthe already availablepublic accesscomputers.Provide high-speedInternet and mobileaccess for all stateresidents.-Better communication-Createsopportunities for internet basedprofessions-More technicalissues may arise-Individuals may nothave access todevices (computers,etc)-State and countyinfrastructure maynot be in place toprovide access.6 - This option wasranked 6th. Even if Internet was providedfor all state residents,individuals may nothave access tocomputers or other devices to use theInternet. It wouldalso be a very costlyoption.Subsidize InternetService Providers toprovide low-costInternet to all stateresidents.-More residents willbe able to takeadvantage of theservice-Not necessarilybetter quality-May still not beaffordable.-May raise prices for non-subsidizedcustomers5 - This option wasranked 5th. Low-costInternet would helpmore familiesconnect, but it stillmay not be affordablefor all residents. Itwould be a moreeconomic option thanproviding free Internetaccess.Provide informationliteracy courses toenhance computer skills and enableknowledgeable use of digital technologies.-An educatedcommunity providesa safer & influentialsociety-Learning technologyskills may help toprovide additional jobopportunities-Not necessarily freeto all-If individuals do nothave access, then itdoes not provideequal opportunity3 - This option wasranked 3rd. It wouldbe beneficial to havepatrons who can usethe technologyappropriately andproductively in thepublic library or school setting.Develop free onlineeducational content,giving first priority tocontent most relevantto lower socioeconomicgroups before contentthat is relevant to therest of the public.-Educating society-Content couldprovide jobs training-Not available to all-Individuals may nothave access toInternet/devices4 - This option wasranked 4th. Although, the benefitof educating thecommunity is great,this option would nothelp those who donot have access tothe Internet or other devices.
III. Other alternatives