Why people don’t get Nate Silver
"This is just one more example of people that are lower income, sometimes not higher educated people, being left behind. It makes me very sad."
Kansas City, Mo. resident Margaret May • Expressing frustration with her neighborhood’s slow push to sign up for Google Fiber. May leads the neighborhood council in the Ivanhoe neighborhood, which is 46 percent black. Google said they could only sign up neighborhoods that had enough people pay a $10 preregistration fee for broadband access, and by Sunday’s deadline, only 32 percent of those that had signed up were black, while 54 percent were white, with predominantly-black neighborhoods lagging behind. The company plans to offer a second opportunity to sign up for those that missed the chance. (via shortformblog)
While this may speak to a multitude of problems in this country, I don’t really see how this is Google’s fault. Are they to be expected to completely subsidize their service? This isn’t a voter registration/disenfranchisement issue. This is a publicly-traded company charging money for the service they provide. Am I wrong?