More Than Half Of Americans Have Broadband Connections

15% use dialup

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Over half (55%) of all adult Americans now have a high-speed Internet connection at home, according to a new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

The percentage of Americans with broadband has increased from 47 percent in early 2007 and 42 percent in early 2005. Of those who access the Internet at home, 79 percent have a high-speed connection and 15 percent use dialup.

Adults who live in households whose annual incomes are less than $20,000 a year, home broadband adoption was at 25% in early 2008, compared to 28 percent in 2007.

"The flat growth in home high-speed adoption for low-income Americans suggests that tightening household budgets may be affecting people’s choice of connection speed at home," said John B. Horrigan, Associate Director of Research at thePew Internet & American Life project and author of the report.

Americans 50 and over had a 26 percent growth rate in home broadband adoption from 2007 to 2008. Half of Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 have broadband at home. Nineteen percent of those 65 and older had home broadband access.

Those with household incomes between $20,000 and $40,000 annually saw broadband penetration increase by 24 percent from 2007 to 2008. Forty-five percent in that income range have broadband at home.

Of those living in rural America, 38 percent have broadband at home, compared with 31 percent in 2007 for a growth rate of 23 percent from 2007 to 2008.

Broadband growth for low income Americans has been flat, but some broadband users are willing to pay more for broadband to get faster speed. Twenty-nine percent of home broadband users subscribe to a more expensive premium broadband service to have a faster high-speed connection.

"Economic factors play a large role in why some people don’t have broadband, but about one in ten non-broadband users say that service isn’t available where they live," said Horrigan. "Beyond price and availability, some non-broadband users simply don’t see the need for having a high-speed connection at home."


More Than Half Of Americans Have Broadband Connections
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  • Ryan Kempf

    if you have Kids in Primary School your kids will be learning how to use the computer so it would be REALLY handy if families would create a computer fund that way by the time your kids hit Middle School and if you don’t have the funds already you will be able to obtain one and make sure over the course of time it would REALLY BE GREAT if you could save enough for high-speed internet the reason I say this is because more and more of the web is becoming interactive and thus needs a HIGHSPEED connection to run smoothly that’s just an observation because I have been on Dialup and I know there is no way I could have accessed what I do now on a Dialup Connection I know that for a FACT!!!!!!! And I know for a FACT you will not want your kids up till 12:00 A.M or later on a SCHOOL NIGHT!!!!! On a Dialup Connection that’s the way it might be depending on what the kids have to access for Educational purposes

  • http://www.e-natureguide.com Jeff Patterson

    It amazes me that dial up is still available and selling , but then again my Mom and grandmother dont see the need for spending more when all they do is fire up a few e-mails and send and receive e-mail.

    But I definately think that as more people use high speed that prices will become more affordable for all and eventually people will ditch their dial up services.

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