Why Four In Ten American Do Not Have A High Speed Broadband Connection At Home? [STUDY]

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In February 2011, half of the American adults went online, despite of this, only 4% American households had broadband connections. However,  the situation had apparently changed till August 2011, six in ten adults had a high-speed broadband connections at their home. According to a recent survey from Pew Internet & American Life Project, men are more interested to have high-speed broadband in their home compare to women. Previously, we have described how age, education and incomes determine use of internet at the home. The curiosities among users to access multimedia on internet have strongly been compelled by broadband connections. Until 2002, those who had dial-up connections took part in at least three online activities per day, compare to seven, those had broadband connections.

On questioning to switch from dial-up to broadband in spring 2009, 35% said that price of broadband connection is high, while 17% said that the  broadband should be available where they lived, on the contrary, 20% said that they would not like to move from dial up to broadband.

Until August 2011, 62% of American adults age 18+ had a high speed broadband connection at their home.


The internet adoption rate is lowest (22%) among those who have not completed high school, while 30% among seniors (age 65 and more) and 41% for those having households income less than $30,000 per year. The internet adoption rate is 85% among college graduates under age 30, while it’s 89% among those making at least $75,000 per year.

In the U.S, 54% adults those are living with a disability use the internet, among them, 41% are having broadband connections. On the contrary, 81% of adults without a disability are currently using internet in the U.S. but 69% of them have broadband connection at their homes, 28% more compare to those living with disability. During the survey period, 2% of American adults excepted that their disability or illness compelled them to not use the internet.

Finally, it’s quite clear that disability or illness is also one of the factors which is preventing folks from internet use along with the age, income and education.

Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project




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