Commerce Dept.: 'Broadband Divide' Narrows

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration and National Telecommunications and Information Administration report, "Exploring the Digital Nation," approximately seven out of 10 households in the United States subscribe ...

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration and National Telecommunications and Information Administration report, "Exploring the Digital Nation," approximately seven out of 10 households in the United States subscribe to broadband service. The report indicates a strong correlation between broadband adoption and socio-economic factors, such as income and education, but says these differences do not explain the entire broadband adoption gap that exists along racial, ethnic and geographic lines. Even after accounting for socio-economic differences, certain minority and rural households still lag in broadband adoption.

The report analyzed data collected through an Internet use supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS) of about 54,300 households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in October 2010. Earlier this year, NTIA released initial findings from the survey, indicating that while virtually all demographic groups have increased adoption of broadband Internet at home since the prior year, historic disparities among demographic groups remain. Today's report presents broadband adoption statistics after adjusting for various socio-economic differences.

According to the report:



  • 68% of American households used broadband Internet in 2010, up from 64% in 2009. Only 3% of households relied on dial-up access to the Internet in 2010, down from 5% in 2009. Another 9% of households had people who accessed the Internet only outside of the home.


  • Approximately 80% of American households had at least one Internet user, whether inside or outside the home and regardless of technology type used to access the Internet.


  • Cable modems and DSL were the leading broadband technologies for home Internet adoption, with 32% and 23% of households, respectively, using these services.




The full report is available at http://www.esa.doc.gov/Reports/exploring-digital-nation-computer-and-internet-use-home.
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