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Internet penetration can change Indian rural landscape

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The future of India lies in its villages, the famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi is the reality of India today and we are not leaving any stone unturned to achieve that. This agrarian country is soon going to be the second largest internet user base in the world and this is merely the beginning of a developing rural India.

India rural population is 83.3 Corers and it is sighting a boom of internet usage as the number of users are growing at a pace where it is expected to touch 87 million users by December 2015, and 109 million by June 2016.

India has a growing internet penetration in the villages, producing new probabilities of sharing information and services among the rural people. There is an undeniable connect between the progress of internet usage and rising standards of living.

Better living standards are not only signified by higher levels of efficiency and services but also by greater opportunity and enablement of more information about developmental strategies. Internet growth boosts innovation by giving users an access to world of information and helps to shape innovation according to the local needs by creating research that is more collaborative.

India, in the age of globalisation, is focusing on connecting remote rural place to the developed world. This is not only a governmental agenda but the need for the hour. The villages comprise of the high potential of achieving urban development if not less.

The internet is a key factor to achieve the aim set for the rural advancement in the country. There are several schemes initiated by the government- National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN, will provide three internet connections and one Wi-Fi hotspot in each of the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats), National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy-2012 (NDSAP) and, of course, the Digital India programme.

These policies are expected to bring drastic change and help the rural India. With the help of the internet, villagers can access to government maintained data, which will enable the far-reaching use of a valuable public resource for the benefit of the community. It will also avoid duplication, by sharing of data and the easy availability of it to the rural side, no middle man can fool them.

An easy flow of information facilitates in making important decisions without incurring high costs.

Availability of internet is also essential for the villagers as many decision-making tasks become convenient such as protecting the environment, development planning, managing assets, improving living conditions, social cognizance and controlling disasters.

If the women in a remote village in Bihar, with no previous knowledge of government schemes, can now lead an entire group of entrepreneurs based on the availability of information on the internet than it does prove the potential to achieve path breaking change in the rural India.

In a recent report by internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International on Tuesday, the number of internet users in India is set to touch 402 million mark, surpassing the US. Although, the worth noting fact of the report is the rise of women internet user base.

India needs to focus on empowering its rural half and one of the best measures available right now is the internet. There is a dire need to expand the initiative of digital India to the remote corners of the country for them to extract supreme advantage from it.

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STUDY – Americans Online Almost Everytime

A study reveals that Americans are online almost everytime

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Americans being online almost every time.

More than 25 percent of Americans say they are online “almost constantly,” says a new report.

According to a Pew Research Center study conducted in January, 26 percent of American adults spend a lot of time online, up from 21 percent in 2015.

Pew also found that 77 percent report going online at least on a daily basis. Only 11 percent of American adults reported not using the internet at all.

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Americans are busy on their phones all time.

 

One reason for the increase in heavy internet use is the widespread use of smartphones. More than eight out of 10 American adults said they access the internet via smartphone “at least occasionally.” Eighty-nine percent of smartphone users reported going on the internet daily, and 31 percent said they are online almost constantly.

For Americans who access the internet via computers instead of with a mobile device, 54 percent are online daily, and only 5 percent are online a lot of the time.

Not surprisingly, younger adults are the leaders among those who report being constantly connected, with some 39 percent saying they’re online almost all the time. Almost half report going online many times a day. For older Americans over 65, only 8 percent reported being online constantly, and 30 percent use the internet multiple times a day.

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Americans between the ages of 30 and 49 report nearly the same levels of connectivity as young adults. Among those ages 50 to 64, 17 percent report being online nearly constantly, a jump of 5 percent from three years ago.

Groups reporting the most frequent internet use include “college-educated adults, black adults, adults who live in higher income households and nonrural residents,” Pew found.

More than one-third ((34 percent)) of those with a college education or more are online nearly constantly, compared to 20 percent of those with a high school education or less.

Among blacks, 37 percent reported they’re online nearly constantly, with 92 percent saying they’re connected at least daily. That compares to 30 percent of Hispanics and 23 percent of whites. Both blacks and Hispanics have seen increases in internet use, while for whites, it is stable.

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Income also makes a difference in how much time is spent online, Pew said, noting that 35 percent of American adults with a household income of $75,000 or more reported being online nearly constantly. For those making less than $30,000, that number was just 24 percent.

Urban and suburban Americans were more likely to be online all the time (27 percent), compared to their rural counterparts (15 percent).  VOA

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