Jun 27, 2013 10:26 AM

Non-wired Tucsonans use libraries to access internet

TUCSON - You can take care of just about everything on the internet these days, from paying the bills, to applying for a job.

But in this digital age, there are a surprising number of Arizonans who still don't have internet access.

According to the most recent information from the US Census Bureau, just over 31% of Arizonans didn't have internet access in 2011. From that percentage, 16.2% of people had no home computer and 15.4% had a computer but no Internet access.

Tammi Mercado says she doesn't have internet at home because she can't afford it. "It's hard because everybody goes online and everything is online," Mercado says.

She goes to the Pima County Public Library downtown to file for unemployment and take care of other day to day tasks.

"I think internet is very important and I think it's a shame more people don't have it," says Ken Zambos.

Zambos is a library associate at the main library downtown. He says most people who don't have internet either can't afford it, or don't know how to use it. "Not everyone grew up with computers and a lot of people have worked 20 years at a career and have not had to use a computer in their daily activity," Zambos says.

But Zambos says whether you grew up with the technology or not, it's here to stay.

The Pima County Public Library offers several computer classes for people who want to learn to use the internet. Click here to see which classes are currently being offered.


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