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Mar 18, 2013, 07:46 #1
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Internet forced down more throats
Someone had led me to an article in NRC, a Dutch newspaper and news website: http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2013/03/18/...kleine-dorpen/
"ATMs disappearing from small towns"
It states (translated):
The number of ATMs has fallen since 2008, and since then has gone down 13% to 7,569 (machines). That's 450 ATMs per 1.000,000 Dutch. In other wester European countries is the average much higher according to the paper, about 780.
The number of bank-buildings is also dropping fast. The number of branches fell 30% in the last few years, to 2,466 last year. This trend is expected to continue, due to the Rabobank announcing that it plans on closing half of its branches.
(Rabobanks are more common than other banks in the more rural areas... it began as a farmers' co-op bank.)
I think this is important because of how it makes Internets less of "something nice" or extra but an integral part of daily life. Something to think about when Internet, or speedy internet, is still not readily available to everyone, and the accessibility of web sites becomes more important.