David L. Cohen poses a provocative question in an op-ed in the Miami Herald that's worth some consideration when we think about how the digital divide persists despite access to devices like smartphones.

He writes:

Some might say that many homes have a wireless connection to the Internet easily accessible via a smartphone. But have you ever asked a child to use a smartphone to write a report or a term paper? There are many excellent uses for smartphones, but there are certain activities for which they are not the right tool for the task.

Internet Essentials helps more than 220,000 low-income families -- accounting for approximately 900,000 people -- access the Internet at home so they can do the things digital haves sometimes take for granted.

Read the rest of his op-ed, Comcast - Bridging the Digital Divide, here.