Politicians over the weekend were lining up to say how they intended to drag Italy into the 21st century by improving Internet speeds over the next 3 years. It is one of those yearly mantras that they go through and not much ever happens.
The Google head honcho was in Rome last week and gave an interview on TV which I happened to catch. Don’t worry my Italian hasn’t improved that much . He was asked questions in Italian but answered in English with Italian subtitles underneath so I could cheat.
Yes he said internet speeds in Italy were low. Italy rates 48th on the list of countries internet speeds and is by far the slowest in the E.U. . But he went on internet speed is only useful if people embrace the internet and Italians just haven’t done that yet.
26.4% of Italians think that the internet is useless and uninteresting.
Just under 6% of Italians who have internet connected computers do not know how to use search engines, the ISTAT research found.
Nearly 60% of Italy’s computer users do not know how to upload texts, games, movies, music or how to use social networking sites. This is somewhat surprising considering that 20 million Italians, nearly a third of Italy’s population can be found on Facebook. Over 12 million Italians use Facebook daily. Why, well schools in Italy are not too well connected and many have antiquated computers. There seems to be little investment in this aspect of preparing Italian children for the modern world and Italy’s parents do not appreciate just how much of an educational asset the internet can be. It can even do their English homework.
Italy sits at a lowly 22nd place in terms of worldwide internet usage. The European average is 73%, whereas in Italy the figure is 63%.
54,5% Italians have access to the internet today, which is up slightly from the 2010 figure of 52,4%. The number of broadband internet connections in Italy has grown a little too, from 43,4% al 45,8%. Nearly 60% of Italy’s families have access to a computer, but, as can be seen from the internet connection numbers, not every Italian computer is connected to the internet.
Northern Italians tend to go for broadband connections more than the residents of Italy’s southern regions. 49% of Italians in the north of the country have broadband connections compared to just 37.5% in Italy’s south. In the UK it is 83%.
The Google chief reckons that the government should spend more time educating people on the benefits of the internet rather than wringing it’s hands over speed. Lots of users or potential users encourage companies to develop more connections and speed them up.
This is my 300th blog and so the internet, which things like this blog depend on, is a topical subject. It is also a time for reflection I suppose but it is just too hot for that today as Titan continues to make itself felt.
As I sat on the beach today I did wonder if I was writing about the right subject. I was reading the other day about how all the bloggers that write about beer had attended a conference for them in Dublin.
Day one on the itinerary was a pub crawl no less around the various watering holes of Dublin. A pub crawl why wasn’t I there ?
They started at the Black Sheep and can you see the sign it was free, yes free.
Expect this blog to change from Here in Puglia to Puglia Beers forthwith !
I heard this tune for the first time after a long gap and can’t stop humming it so thought I should inflict it on you too.
Paolo is a lawyer as well as a jazz musician and singer. At 77 he is still touring but seems to go to nice places. If you just happen to be in Monte Carlo on July 29th you can catch him at the Summer Festival and if by chance you miss him there you can grab him in St. Moritz at the Jazz Festival. See what I mean .