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Introduction Bowman and Khandwalla 2003 in their paper review the latest arguments for and against continued investment in CTCs and public general access It also includes the discussion about the reflection of the US context of public access to computers and computing facilities Some international organizations are arguing that increased investment is needed to close the digital divide between developed and developing nations As a developing nation Malaysia does invest quite a big amount of money in building and improving the telecommunication infrastructure The Fiscal and Regulatory Environment In United Stated US the Community Technology Centers CTC provides access to technology to lower income people especially in rural communities of access to computers and the Internet They do offer classes job skills training and others Bowman and Khandwalla 2003 But in US the government requested elimination of funding for the CTC program It will appear as a negative impact to society especially those groups of people with the lowest rates of access to computer and internet The same situation does occur in Malaysia Malaysias forward-thinking leadership has ensured that innovative ICT policies has been incorporated into the countries development plans so that the people especially the poor and lower income level are not left behind United Nation Development Programme UNDP Malaysias project in ICT in Malaysia aims to improve policies to ensure effective ICT access to marginalized populations by expanding collaboration between the public and private sectors to provide poor communities and underserved groups such as women and minorities access to and training to use ICT Equity in Access to Information Information itself is a public good in economic parlance which has intrinsic value Bowman and Khandwalla 2003 Access to information facilities exposure to the essentials of democratic participation including literature news and government information at this point of view rights to privacy and fair information practices have been well documented in US but the same kind of protection has not been
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