Sunday February 03, 2013

The Web-Deprived Study at McDonalds

Would you like fries with your Internet access? That isn’t as absurd as it sounds since many rural and disadvantaged students are turning to the free broadband access in McDonalds restaurants to reach the Internet for study purposes and completing reports.

The children and teenagers huddled over their devices at McDonald's Corp. restaurants and Starbucks Corp. coffee shops across the country underscore the persistence of the Internet gap in education. McDonald's has 12,000 Wi-Fi-equipped locations in the U.S., and Starbucks has another 7,000. Together, that is more than the roughly 15,000 Wi-Fi-enabled public libraries in the country.