Ninety percent of South Koreans with broadband access are using it. In the United States, that number is only 68 percent. That seems like bad news to policymakers in the federal government, who want to make sure we stay competitive in the global technology arena. So they’ve teamed up with Best Buy and Microsoft to create Connect to Compete, which will offer computer training in economically disadvantaged communities.
Classes, and in some cases job search training, will be offered in such places as libraries and 4-H clubs. According to research, reasons people choose not to use broadband include the cost of the broadband and/or the computer to use it with, not knowing how to use a computer, and not knowing why the Internet is important.
At the same time, 80 percent of employers require job-seekers to fill out online applications.
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