National Aeronautics and Space Administratin (NASA) and Space Grant (SG)

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Background: One of the great inequalities in the educational as well as in the scheme for implementation of technology in school settings is that rural areas of most states have been left off the map. A recent issue of USA Today reported that a huge divide exists; in urban areas, 40.4% of households have access to high-speed internet while in rural areas, just 24.7% of households do. One in four white households uses high-speed internet where “only 1 in 7 blacks and fewer than1 in 8 Hispanics lives in a household with fast internet service.” The status on internet service in Native American homes, most found in very rural areas, was not reported; one can only suppose though that the ratio might be greater.