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"Growth in computer adoption in lower income households is nearly double that of the higher income bracket, showing that the 'digital divide' is closing rapidly as technology becomes more affordable." So concludes a new study by the nonprofit Employment Policy Foundation, which predicts that by 2009 the gap between high- and low-income households in computer ownership will have completely disappeared. The study, available online at www.epf.org/forecasts/2001/tf20010112.pdf, also predicts that telecommuting will be ubiquitous by the end of the decade.