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August 2013 report about U.S. Internet access

Aug 26, 2013 - TechCrunch - Pew: 30% Of U.S. Adults Don’t Have Broadband; 10% Use Smartphones As Sole Internet Access; 20% Have Zilch

As Facebook teams up with other tech titans to put more effort into ubiquitous internet access worldwide, Pew Research is today is releasing the results of a survey that shows how one of the more advanced countries in the world, the U.S., is still not quite there in leading by example: 20% of U.S. adults are still without broadband or smartphones for internet access. And 3% of people in the country still using dial-up connections.

The think tank’s most recent survey notes that today 70% of adults in the country reported having broadband access at home as of May 2013, with the proportions of connected individuals increasing in wealthier households, by age and other factors like race.

Interestingly, Pew doesn’t seem to put this down to a digital divide but to consumer preference: “We’ve consistently found that age, education, and household income are among the strongest factors associated with home broadband adoption,” writes Kathryn Zickuhr, research associate for the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and lead author of the report. “Many dial-up users cite cost and access as the main reasons they don’t have broadband, but for adults who don’t use the internet at all, a lack of interest is often the main issue.”

Home broadband demographics 2013
Among all American adults ages 18 and older, the % in each group who have a high-speed broadband connection at home

All Americans ages 18+ (n=2,252)70%
Men (n=1,029)71
Women (n=1,223)69
Race/ethnicity
White, Non-Hispanic (n=1,571)74
Black, Non-Hispanic (n=252)64
Hispanic (Eng- & Span-speaking)53
Age
18-29 (n=404)80
30-49 (n=577)78
50-64 (n=641)69
65+ (n=570)43
Education attainment
No high school diploma (n=580)37
High school grad (n=374)57
Some College (n=298)78
College + (n=582)89
Household income
Less than $30,000/yr (n=417)54
$30,000-$49,999 (n=320)70
$50,000-$74,999 (n=279)84
$75,000+ (n=559)88
Urbanity
Urban (n=763)70
Suburban (n=1,037)73
Rural (n=450)62

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