Bridging the Digital Divide: Developing Mexico's Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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Mexico has embarked on an ambitious plan to raise the living standards of all its citizens by improving the education system. A central element to this plan is upgrading the nations information and communication technology ICT infrastructure in order to deliver telecommunication services to the countrys most rural areas. By connecting these impoverished regions to more prosperous sectors, Mexico hopes to deliver education, training, healthcare, and social services to the countrys poorest citizens. This paper examines the current state of Mexicos ICT infrastructure, defines the metrics for measuring ICT expansion, contrast Mexicos performance against Latin American and Caribbean LAC countries and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD nations. Finally, the paper draws conclusions concerning Mexicos lack of progress compared to OECD countries also known as the digital divide. In addition to identifying Mexicos shortcomings, the paper will also offer recommendations for closing this capability gap.
- Government and Political Science
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