83% of U.S. homes have Internet, same as 2013

Dec. 21, 2018
According to the Leichtman Research Group, 83% of U.S. households get an Internet service at home, compared to 83% in 2013 and 76% ...

According to the Leichtman Research Group, 83% of U.S. households get an Internet service at home, compared to 83% in 2013 and 76% in 2008. Broadband accounts for 98% of households with Internet service at home, and 81% of all households get a broadband Internet service - an increase from 78% in 2013 and 57% in 2008.

Among those that do not get an Internet service at home, 49% do not use a laptop or desktop computer at home. Home Internet non-subscribers also tend to be older (25% of ages 55+ are not online at home) and lower income (38% with annual household incomes of less than $30,000 are not online at home).

The findings are based on a telephone survey of 1,153 households from throughout the United States and are part of LRG's 16th annual study on the topic.

Other findings indicate:

  • The most common reason for not getting an Internet service at home is a lack of perceived need (cited by 46%). This reason is followed by cost (cited by 17%), the ability to access to the Internet on a smartphone (cited by 11%), and availability issues (cited by 9%).
  • 77% of adults access the Internet on a smartphone, compared to 55% in 2013.
  • 69% of households get Internet service both at home and on a smartphone, compared to 51% in 2013.
  • 9% of households get Internet service only on a smartphone, compared to 3% in 2013.
  • 92% of all households access the Internet either at home and/or on a smartphone, compared to 86% in 2013.

"While households that only access the Internet on a smartphone have grown in the past few years, the percent of households that have an Internet service at home has remained similar to what it was five years ago," said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for LRG. "About half of those that do not get an Internet service at home do not use a computer. A related lack of need remains the most common reason for not getting an Internet service at home, rather than cost, availability, or access to the Internet on a smartphone."