The disparity between whites and black and Hispanic Americans who own computers and use the internet is growing significantly toward a "racial ravine," in some cases even after accounting for differences in income, the federal government reported July 8. The government's report underscores how internet access in public schools is crucial to bridging the gap between the technology "haves" and "have nots."

The Commerce Department's third "Falling Through the Net" survey, published by the department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, shows dramatic gains in the number of Americans embracing technology. But it also cites money, education, and whether a person lives


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