Decline and fall of the internet cafe

Once crowded, now nearly empty – Image added

Many US internet cafes have permanently shut their doors as mobile and wireless technology continues to grow. Are these outlets ultimately destined for the dustbin of history?

With fewer customers coming through the door, the Internet Garage cafe in Brooklyn, New York, has been forced to reboot its business plan and turn into an internet-service provider.

In a digital world full of mobile computers, experts believe what is happening in New York is a reflection of what may soon happen in many other developed nations.

“This was all part of the evolution of technology or society as we go along,” says Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia University’s chief technology officer.

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