The Digital Divide in Mexico: A Mirror of Poverty

Juan Manuel Mecinas Montiel

Abstract

The Mexican digital divide is a problem of inequality that also reflects the poverty of certain cities/areas/groups in Mexico. This note analyzes the digital divide in Mexico, as well as the legal and constitutional efforts the Mexican government has made to breach it. In 2013 and 2014, the government approved an important constitutional amendment and other legal reforms in an attempt to solve this problem with a new fiber optic network and new institutional actors. By setting up a new infrastructure, private actors will be able to offer better broadband Internet services. Nevertheless, these efforts will not benefit those who are not Internet users: the have-nots.

Keywords

Internet; Digital Divide; Poverty; Inequality; Constitutional Reforms; Fiber Optics; Broadband Connection.

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